16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13173 > Paper 13173-502
Paper 13173-502

The present and future of Japan's space program (Plenary Presentation)

18 June 2024 • 08:30 - 09:15 Japan Standard Time | National Convention Hall, 1F


The Basic Plan on Space Policy sets forth the basic principles of Japan's space policy with an aim to promote policies for space development. The latest version, approved by the Cabinet in June 2023, marks a significant shift by defining space science as a crucial integral part of Japan's space development efforts, transitioning from treating it solely as an isolated academic activity. For instance, the Artemis program is promoted as a policy initiative where scientific exploration is positioned to serve a precursor role. It also encourages Japan’s involvement in NASA's post-JWST efforts. Here, I will present Japan's recent accomplishments and future plans in space science.


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Saku Tsuneta, former Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Tokyo in 1983. He was instrumental in developing the solar observing satellites Yohkoh and Hinode, and was awarded the Japan Academy Prize in 2019 for outstanding achievement in astronomy. He also served as the Director General of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA, and currently is the vice chair of the Committee on National Space Policy.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)