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April 2022

Apr. 25, 2022 Updated
Tsukuba Space Center Visit of U.S. Ambassador to Japan

On April 21, 2022, H.E. Mr. Rahm Emanuel, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan, his wife, and his team visited the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. Dr. YAMAKAWA Hiroshi, President of JAXA, introduced the Ambassador to spacecraft integration and test facility, International Space Station (ISS) Kibo Mission Control Room and the exhibition hall “Space Dome”. He also explained JAXA’s activities conducting with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) such as achievements based on Japan-United States Open Platform Partnership Program, study status towards the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway and development of X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM). H.E. Mr. Rahm Emanuel, Ambassador expressed his expectations to Japan’s space leadership.

Apr. 12, 2022 Updated
JAXA and German Aerospace Center (DLR) Signed Inter-Agency Arrangement

 JAXA and DLR signed the Inter-Agency Arrangement for Strategic Partnership on April 5 at the occasion of the Space Symposium taking place in Colorado Springs, U.S. This arrangement builds on the collaborative relationship formed in the former framework concluded in 2016 between the two agencies and will pave the way for a further collaboration of JAXA and DLR.

This arrangement includes several new cooperation topics such as Space Sustainability, on top of the ongoing broad cooperation in the area of Earth Observation, ISS and Micro-G-Research, Exploration and Space Science, Space Transportation, Research and Development (Space Systems and Space Technology), Industrial promotion, and Aeronautics. Besides that, this arrangement is expected to further streamline the discussion for aeronautics cooperation.

 JAXA has promoted various collaborations with DLR as a strategic partner and will continue this collaborative relationship based on the new arrangement.

 JAXA President Yamakawa Hiroshi said: “DLR has been our outstanding strategic partner for JAXA based on the former framework concluded in 2016. The new Inter-Agency Arrangement for Strategic Partnership on which we made signatures today will pave the way for a further collaboration of JAXA and DLR, and also expand the areas of our cooperation to cover Space Sustainability as well as Research and Development for Automation and Robotics as new ones. We are very much pleased to further strengthen our partnership based on this new Arrangement.”

“German-Japanese cooperation has been characterised by successful joint space missions, such as Hayabusa2. Extending this cooperation to aeronautics research, with the goal of emission-free air transport, is a clear step,” said Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board.

Walther Pelzer, DLR Executive Board Member and Head of the German Space Agency at DLR, was present at the signing. He emphasised: "Germany and Japan share the same values and face similar societal challenges. Japan is therefore an ideal partner for contributing to a modern, mobile, and economically and ecologically responsible society through space research."

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Walther Pelzer, Member of the DLR Executive Board (left) and Yamakawa Hiroshi, JAXA President (right)

Apr. 8, 2022 Updated
Bilateral Meeting with NASA Administrator, Sen. Nelson

Dr. YAMAKAWA Hiroshi, President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had a bilateral meeting with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator, Sen. Bill Nelson at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. on April 7, 2022. Dr. YAMAKAWA and Sen. Nelson exchanged prospects on JAXA=NASA collaboration and confirmed the importance of international partnerships.

Dr. Yamakawa Hiroshi, JAXA President (left) and Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator (right) (©NASA)

Dr. Yamakawa Hiroshi, JAXA President (left) and Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator (right) (©NASA)

Dr. Yamakawa Hiroshi, JAXA president holding a meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator(©NASA)

Dr. Yamakawa Hiroshi, JAXA president holding a meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator(©NASA)

Apr. 6, 2022 Updated
[4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS)] - Official Side Event "Space Technologies for addressing Water Issues"-

JAXA will organize an official side event at the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) to be held in Kumamoto, Japan in April 2022.


The Asia-Pacific region is vulnerable to climate change, particularly water-related disasters. In mitigating damage from water-related disasters, the challenge is to improve forecasting capabilities, from short-term weather forecasts to long-term climate change projection, in addition to understanding the situation on the ground through timely observations.


In this side event, experts from various countries will be invited to discuss issues related to water-related disasters and challenges in agriculture.

February 2022

Feb. 28, 2022 Updated
Registration is NOW OPEN for The Ryugu AO

Finally, the Ryugu AO system starts proposal registration! To join the program, please create your account by March 25th.

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Feb. 22, 2022 Updated
Courtesy Visit to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Dr. YAMAKAWA Hiroshi, President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mr. HOSHIDE Akihiko, JAXA Astronaut paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Rahm Emanuel, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan. Astronaut Hoshide shared his exciting stories of the SpaceX Crew Dragon (Crew-2) missions aboard the International Space Station.
Astronaut Hoshide carried out missions that contributed to international space exploration, national problem-solving research, and the promotion of commercialization. He also contributed to maximize the results of the mission as the second Japanese ISS commander.

From left to right: Dr. Yamakawa, JAXA President, H.E. Mr. Emanuel, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan, JAXA Astronaut Hoshide

From left to right: Dr. Yamakawa, JAXA President, H.E. Mr. Emanuel, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan, JAXA Astronaut Hoshide
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Feb. 14, 2022 Updated
Research published in “Science” asks how representative is the sample returned by Hayabusa2 of the entire asteroid?

The sample returned by Hayabusa2 from asteroid Ryugu is compared with observations of the asteroid from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. The results of this analysis have been published in the US scientific journal, “Science” on February 10 (EST).

January 2022

Jan. 14, 2022 Updated
International Workshop on Vegetation LIDAR / High-Precision 3D Mapping from Space 2022

Date:February 22, 2022

Venue:Online(Zoom)

International Workshop on Vegetation LIDAR / High-Precision 3D Mapping from Space 2022

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