12 March 2011. ESPI was invited, for the second time, to participate in a workshop of the new space policy think tank at Tokyo University, and to establish partnership with this organisation.
Experts from the Japanese government, academia, and industry gathered to discuss issues related to space governance and policy in order to configure priority activities of the new space policy think tank at the Tokyo University’s Graduate School of Public Policy. ESPI Director, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and ESPI Resident Fellow, Jana Robinson, were invited to provide insights on recent space policy trends in Europe as well as share their experience with think tank work (presentation available here).
The new think tank, led by Hideaki Shiroyama, Professor and Head of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Unit at the Tokyo University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, is supported by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), represented for this purpose by Motoko Uchitomi. ESPI has been invited for such an event for the second time (see related webnews of 27 May 2010 here) and is now seeking to establish a long-term partnership with this organisation. In this connection, Hideaki Shiroyama will participate in the upcoming publication Yearbook on Space Policy 2010/2011, edited by ESPI, with a contribution on current trends in Japanese space policy.
Japan has been developing this initiative through a trilateral approach, involving ESPI as well as George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute (SPI), lead by Scott Pace who presented the latest US space policy developments at the workshop. Hiroshi Yamakawa, Secretary General of the Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy, provided his view on the status of Japan’s space activities.
Speakers at the workshop, from left: Hideaki Shiroyama (Head of Science, Technology and Public Policy Unit, Graduate School of Public Policy) Hiroshi Yamakawa, (Secretary General, Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy), Scott Pace (Director, Space Policy Institute), Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Jana Robinson (ESPI)