ESA's Director General visits Japan

ESA Director General, Johann-Dietrich Woerner and JAXA President Naoki Okumura
16 May 2017

ESA’s Director General, Jan Woerner, visited Tokyo, Japan on 15–16 May for an ESA-JAXA strategic dialogue with the President of JAXA, Dr Naoki Okumura. The objectives were to review current cooperation, to define future cooperation opportunities and to increase the level of bilateral cooperation. It was followed by a press conference.

During his visit to Tokyo, the Director General made a keynote speech at the 5th IAA Planetary defence conference, which brings together world experts to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets, and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object.

Prof. Woerner was also invited by Prof. S. Nakasuka to give a lecture at the Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, where he also had exchanges with PhD students.

The Director General also had two high-level meetings at the Cabinet Office with Dr Koji Saeki, Director General for International Cooperation, National Space Policy Secretariat, and at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology with Dr Tanaka Masaaki, Director General, Research Development Bureau.

Finally, concluding his visit, Prof. Woerner was invited by His Excellency Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, for a reception with the participation of Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Missions of EU Member States and those from Norway and Switzerland, other Embassy Representatives and S&T counsellors, European industry and European research organisations, to brief the invitees on ESA’s strategy and policies, including cooperation with Japan.

Europe and Japan are strong strategic partners in space and committed to continue working closely and to contributing to solving societal challenges, promoting industry and expanding the scope of human activities using space technology through all bilateral cooperation between ESA and JAXA.

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