27 May 2010. Japanese governmental and industrial institutions have invited the former Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University and ESPI's Director for a series of presentations and talks with high-ranking space representatives.
John Logsdon, former Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, Washington DC (GWU-SPI) and ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl were invited by the Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS) and the University of Tokyo Programme on Public Policy to present US and European views on space exploration. These presentations took place on 26 May 2010 at Tokyo University with more than 150 persons attending the event. There was also an internal session convened at JAXA on 27 May 2010.
On the periphery of these presentations, John Logsdon and Kai-Uwe Schrogl met with high-ranking officials, including the President of JAXA, Keiji Tashikawa. Other interlocutors were Kazuhide Todome, the President of JAMSS, Kiyoshi Higuchi, Vice President of JAXA, Koichi Morimoto, Deputy Director General for R&D at the Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Tetsuhiko Ikegami, Chairman of the Space Activities Commission of MEXT. These discussions touched on all aspects of space policy, particularly international relations.
From right: Kiyoshi Higuchi (Vice President of JAXA), John Logsdon, Tetsuhiko Ikegami (Chairman of the Space Activities Commission of MEXT), Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Kazuhide Todome (President of JAMSS)
With JAXA President Keiji Tashikawa
ESPI presentation at the conference
A second major purpose of this visit was to respond to the interest expressed by Japan in establishing its own space policy institute. This plan is now close to realisation. A Japanese delegation has already visited ESPI to learn more about its functions and experience (related webnews here). These exchanges continued in the talks over the past two days.
ESPI's relations with Japanese governmental as well as academic institutions, including its recent hosting of a Japanese Visiting Researcher and a Japanese contribution to the Yearbook on Space Policy, is already close and will intensify upon the creation of a Japanese space policy institute. The engagement with high-level Japanese space representatives over the course of this visit has positioned ESPI to support effectively the strengthening of European-Japanese space relations in fields like human space activities or issues related to space and security like the promotion of the EU Draft Code of Conduct.