7 September 2009. Today, a delegation of the Japanese space agency JAXA visited ESPI to learn about the setup of the Institute and its experience in analysing space policy issues.
Under the new Basic Space Law in Japan, the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) was requested to strengthen its own analysis function. Having already had numerous contacts with ESPI (in particular the studies conducted by then ESPI Research Fellow Nicolas Peter), a delegation of JAXA now visited ESPI to learn about the Institute’s organisation and production.
In welcoming the delegation composed of Masao Sato (Advisor to the Director of International Department), Takeshi Shiraishi (International Division) and Katsuya Sudo (Deputy Director, JAXA Paris Office), ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl expressed his appreciation that ESPI is considered to serve as an example for a think tank. By introducing ESPI, he also referred to ESPI’s cooperation with additional Japanese researchers and institutions besides JAXA, mentioning the contribution of Kazuto Suzuki (Hokkaido University) to the Yearbook on Space Policy 2006/2007 and the stay of Yukiko Kodachi (Keio University) as a Visiting Researcher in spring this year and her “ESPI Perspective” (number 19 on The European Union Draft Code of Conduct - An Opportunity for Japanese-European Cooperation).
From left to right: Katsuya Sudo, Takeshi Shiraishi, Masao Sato, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi and Wolfgang Rathgeber