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Nov. 22, 2021 Updated
Receiving the National Order of Merit from the Republic of Paraguay

Dr. YAMAKAWA Hiroshi, President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had received the National Order of Merit “José Falcon” from H.E. Dr. Euclides ACEVEDO CANDIA, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay, during his visit to Japan on November 21. This award was presented to JAXA for the contribution of deploying the Republic of Paraguay’s first CubeSat “GuaraniSat-1” from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” in March this year through the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project (BIRDS Project) which is conducted by Kyushu Institute of Technology.

Dr. Yamakawa have stated, “We are honored that JAXA was able to play a part in welcoming the Republic of Paraguay to the exciting world of aerospace. I believe that we have received this award together with all students, teachers, and our partners, who have worked hard to make this (CubeSat mission) possible.” He expressed his expectations to contribute further deepening relations between the two countries through space cooperation.

Oct. 28, 2021 Updated
JAXA and Turkish Space Agency (TUA) Sign Memorandum of Cooperation

President Yamakawa of JAXA and President Serdar Huseyin Yildirim, Turkish Space Agency (TUA) have signed today a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in the Field of Space Activities for Peaceful Purposes at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The signing ceremony was graced by the presence of Consul General Mr. Ilker Kilic, Turkish Consulate General in Dubai and Consul General Mr. Sekiguchi, Consulate General of Japan in Dubai.

JAXA has been building a close cooperative relationship with Turkey since before the establishment of TUA through the deployment of Turkish microsatellite from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station (ISS) and long-term exposure experiments (twice) of materials and other subjects using the Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) of the Exposed Facility, an external platform outside the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the ISS in 2018.

With the conclusion of this MOC, the two organizations will further strengthen their cooperation.

The signing ceremony:picture

President Serdar Huseyin Yildirim, Turkish Space Agency (TUA) (Left)
President Yamakawa of JAXA (Right)

The signing ceremony:picture

Consul General Mr. Ilker Kilic (Left)
President Serdar Huseyin Yildirim, Turkish Space Agency (TUA) (Center Left)
President Yamakawa of JAXA (Center Right)
Consul General Mr. Sekiguchi (Right)

Oct. 27, 2021 Updated
JAXA, CSA and DLR Sign LoI on the establishment of a global Human Resources exchange network within Space Organisations

YAMAKAWA Hiroshi, President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Lisa Campbell, President of Canadian Space Agency(CSA), and Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the German Aerospace Centre(DLR) Executive Board signed a Letter of Intent(LoI) on the establishment of a global Human Resources exchange network within Space Organizations, named “International Forum for Space Organisations Human Resources Management,” with “INFOHRM” as its official acronym, on October 26, 2021.

With the rapid technological development, the world's socio-economies are becoming closer and more connected to each other. In this era of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, we are faced with the need to take on new challenges for the future, and space technology is no exception.
Under this difficulty in predicting the future, the three space agencies have begun to see the merits of sharing wisdom and experience in organizational management. This agreement to establish an information exchange forum will help us prepare for the future, based on our long history of successful technical cooperation and the resulting mutual trust.

The purpose of this LOI is to establish among participating agencies an international forum for sharing information and best practices in Human Resources (HR) and HR-related Administration matters.
It is anticipated that this LoI will deepen the exchange of information between Executives and Managers of their respective Human Resources and HR-related administration. It aims to address challenges related to Human Resources Policy, Human Resources Management and Administration processes, and to unite us in the willingness to identify common interests in finding solutions to prepare for the future realities in the field of human-resource development for space. In addition, cooperation between space agencies on management, practical knowledge sharing, or knowledge management is unprecedented, and is a new kind of agreement that fits an era of innovation in the space sector.

At the signing ceremony, President Yamakawa expressed his expectation that the human resources policy, which is an important element of the organization, will be addressed as a common interest.

The signing ceremony:picture

Oct. 25, 2021 Updated
JAXA and State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) Signed Memorandum of Cooperation for the study of possible cooperation in the field of space activities for peaceful purposes

President Yamakawa of JAXA and Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) Mr. Taftai Volodymyr have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the Study of Possible Cooperation in the Field of Space Activities for Peaceful Purposes (MOC) on 23rd October during the Expo 2020 Dubai thematic space week (Dubai, UAE). The signing ceremony was graced by the presence of H. E. Dr. Korsunsky Sergiy, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan, and Mr. Otsuka Kazuya, Chargé d'affaires a.i., of Embassy of Japan in Ukraine.

This MOC is aimed at exchanging information and studying possible cooperation in the broad areas of space exploration, space science, earth observation, and research and development. Under this MOC, JAXA and SSAU will discuss to create favorable conditions for the development of scientific and technical cooperation between the space communities of our two countries.

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Oct. 22, 2021 Updated
Special Session on “Regional Cooperation and National Space Legislation” at IAC 2021 in Dubai!

JAXA is pleased to host a special session titled “Regional Cooperation and National Space Legislation” at IAC 2021 in Dubai. This will be a workshop where prominent speakers from various regions and UNOOSA will introduce national and international space law initiatives, including the efforts of APRSAF National Space Legislation Initiative (NSLI). Speakers will discuss the significance of their efforts and challenges and will engage in a Q&A session with the audience. All IAC participants are invited. We are looking forward to the participation of those interested in capacity building and international cooperation in space law, especially those in emerging countries who are planning to formulate national space laws.

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