Press Release


NASA-JAXA Cooperation: Into the Future
Lecture & Panel Discussion
Featuring New NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden

November 10, 2009 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will hold a lecture and panel discussion, “NASA-JAXA Cooperation: Into the Future,” from 10:00 a.m. on November 17 (Tuesday) at Takeda Hall, University of Tokyo.

Newly-appointed NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles F. Bolden will discuss U.S. space policy, NASA’s newest projects, and future plans. JAXA President Keiji Tachikawa, JAXA Astronaut Chiaki Mukai, and Professor Shinichi Nakasuka of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the School of Engineering, Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, will also join discussion on future directions for this important partnership.

  1. Date and Time: From 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on November 17 (Tue), 2009 (Reception opens at 9:30 a.m.)
  2. Location: Takeda Hall, University of Tokyo (At Asano Campus, 5th Floor of the Takeda Frontier Science Bldg.)
    2-11-16 Yayoi Bunkyo-ward, Tokyo 113-8656
  3. Program Outline:
    10:00-10:50: Speech by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden
    Speech by JAXA President Keiji Tachikawa
    Speech by JAXA Astronaut Chiaki Mukai
    Moderator :Professor Shinichi Nakasuka of the University of Tokyo
    10:50-11:30: Panel Discussion / Question and Answer Session
  4. Entrance Fee: No Cost
  5. Participation: Limited to the first 200 people, due to the capacity of the hall
  6. Participants must be over 18 years old.
  7. This event is hosted by: JAXA and the University of Tokyo incorporation with Ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technonogy-Japan (MEXT)
  8. Language: Japanese (Administrator Bolden will speak in English, with consecutive interpretation)


Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator
  1. - Born in 1946 in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  2. - Graduated form the United States Naval Academy, and served as a Commanding General of the United States Marine Corps.
  3. - After being selected as a NASA astronaut in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.
  4. - Before being appointed as NASA Administrator, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a military and aerospace consulting company.
[Personal history on NASA’s official website]