Press Release


Japan-Italy Cooperation Event
Japan and Italy: Space Cooperation Forefront

April 25, 2013 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the "Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI, Italian Space Agency), through the Italian Embassy in Japan, will hold a Japan-Italy cooperative event "Japan and Italy: Space Cooperation Forefront". Please come and join us.

  1. Objective of the event
    In recent years, Japan and Italy have been cooperating more and more in the space field, including application of the International Space Station (ISS), disaster monitoring, and space science. The two countries are not only partners in the ISS project, but also are both technological superpowers that share some common features such as being earthquake-prone countries. In this event, we will introduce the forefront of Japan-Italy space cooperation as Italy will show our cooperative project including a disaster monitoring program using satellites, while Japan will exhibit research and development of the Calorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET), a Japan-Italy collaborative project for the ISS.

    In the latter half of the event, astronauts from the two countries will participate to discuss and compare common points and differences regarding view points toward space and manned space activities.
    This is part of the event "Italy in Japan 2013." (*) At the venue, space exhibitions by JAXA and ASI will also be held.
  2. Date and time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on May 15 (Wed.), 2013
  3. Location: Instituto Italiano di Cultura (Agnelli Hall), 2-1-30 Kudan-minami, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
    • 10 minutes walk from "Kudanshita Station" on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Line
    • Exit from the No. 2 Exit at "Kudanshita Station," and go straight on "Yasukuni-dori" Street toward the "Kojimachi Fire Station (Kudan Branch.)"
      Turn left at the "Kudan-sakashita" intersection and go straight along Uchibori-dori Street. You will find the venue on your left hand side.
  4. Program: please see the attached reference.
  5. Sponsors: Italian Embassy in Japan, ASI, JAXA
  6. For participation
    We can accept 350 people (free of charge and prior reservations are required.) We will stop accepting participants as soon as prior reservations reach 350 people.
    Participants should be high-school students or older.
    Please make reservations from the following website.
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[ For inquiries ]
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays (Japan Standard Time.)
Secretariat for the Japan-Italy Cooperation Event, Japan and Italy: Space Cooperation Forefront
Tel: 03-6206-4902 (within Japan or +81-3-6206-4902 from overseas)
Japan Space Forum, Mr. Narita, Ms. Akiyama


Japan-Italy Cooperation Event
Japan and Italy: Space Cooperation Forefront

6:00 - 6:05 p.m. Opening greeting by Ambassator Domenico Giorgi of Italian Embassy In Japan
6:05 - 6:10 p.m. Greeting by JAXA President Naoki Okumura
Movie on Italian space activities (10 minutes)
6:20 - 6:35 p.m. Keynote speech ASI President Enrico Saggese
6:35 - 6:55 p.m. "Capture dark matter and lively space materials from ISS"
- Latest information about high-energy electrons and gamma rays, the Calorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET)-
Dr./Professor Syoji Torii of Waseda University
Break (Space Art Movie "Art studio in 400 km above the ground)
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. "Space activities from the view point of astronauts"
- Based on experience at ISS, and considering the future of manned space activities -

Director Yoshinori Yoshimura of JAXA International Relations and Research Department
Astronaut Souichi Noguchi from JAXA
Astronaut Roberto Vittori of ASI
7:45 - 7:50 p.m. Closing remarks
* Japanese-Italian simultaneous interpretation service will be available.
* The program may be changed without prior notice.