17 August 2011. The President of the Japan Space Forum, Kaoru Mamiya, visited ESPI to reinforce cooperation between the two organisations.
ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson welcomed at ESPI Kaoru Mamiya, President of the Japan Space Forum (JSF). The JSF seeks to coordinate various Japanese activities in the aerospace field. ESPI met with Mr. Mamiya and other JSP representatives in Tokyo in March of this year for preparation of the upcoming project on the Europe-Japan partnership in space that will be undertaken in the second half of 2011, led by ESPI’s Jana Robinson (related webnews here).
One of the concrete outcomes of the March meeting in Tokyo was a decision by the JSF to send Yoshinori Kobayashi, Director for Strategic Planning and Management Office, to spend time at ESPI as a Visiting Researcher. Current ESPI – JSF cooperation has been focused on the topic of Space Situational Awareness (SSA), also a subject of Mr. Kobayashi’s research. The JSF plans to organise a conference on SSA later this year and explore the prospects for an international SSA network.
Kaoru Mamiya, President, Japan Space Forum with ESPI’s Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Jana Robinson
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