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The Japan Space Education Center opened on the Sagamihara Campus of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science last year. This center is aimed not only at elementary and high-school students, but also at teachers, so that more class time will be spent on learning about space.
Astronaut Noguchi said that going to space was a dream of his childhood. I believe that many children share that dream. We would like them to hold onto that dream, so I think it is important to provide them with opportunities to learn about space.
I always say that all JAXA employees are teachers. It would be wonderful if our top-class scientists and engineers could visit schools and pass on their knowledge.
We would also like to create a place for those whose interest in space has grown in adulthood, including seniors. By doing so, we hope to increase the whole nation's enthusiasm for space research. The call for Japan to attempt manned space flight might eventually grow, too. For these reasons, I would like to start putting effort towards building enthusiasm on national level.