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In April 2005, JAXA released its twenty-year vision statement. An organization such as JAXA cannot function without a management philosophy and vision. Making things happen in space often takes years of preparation. We have set twenty-year goals, but this does not mean that we should not hurry. We should start with programs that will yield early results, so that the public can see the benefits of our work sooner rather than later.
I believe the most important part of the JAXA Vision is space utilization, which has never before been emphasized enough. We have proposed the development of a space-based disaster management system. This system cannot be operated by JAXA alone, but someone has to take the initiative, so JAXA has taken this on. At a conference of Asian countries in October, we tabled a proposal for the structure of such a system, which would involve all Asian countries working together. Most of the participating nations have agreed to take part, and the rest are considering the plan. It will take a few years to make such a system a reality, but we have taken the first steps.
In addition, I would like to initiate a new global project to observe changes in the environment. The Space Activities Commission has already taken environmental issues into account, and has approved the start of such a project. Based on the ten-year plan we have devised for this project, JAXA will work continuously to develop satellites and observation devices.
The key to bringing the JAXA Vision to life lies in taking advantage of the ideas, creativity and positive attitude of each JAXA employee. Therefore, I ask my colleagues to think proactively about how they can contribute, rather than just waiting to be assigned a task. I would also like to recruit staff internally to start new projects. It will be an interesting approach to our "One JAXA" motto. I am looking forward to hearing new ideas. I believe that we will be able to get this going this year, in 2006.