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The Eighth Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space
March 29, 2023
The Eighth Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space was held at the Mita Conference Hall in Tokyo on March 24, 2023.
- The Meeting was attended by officials from the space-related ministries and agencies of Japan and the United States, who exchanged information on the space policies of their respective countries. Both sides also comprehensively exchanged views on Japan-U.S. space cooperation, including the security field, such as the National Security Strategies of the two countries and the use of space for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), the commercial field, including regulatory frameworks and Space Situational Awareness (SSA), and the civil field, for example, the Artemis Program, proposed by the United States, and low Earth orbit (LEO) human activities, including the International Space Station (ISS) and future commercial-led stations. As a result of the Dialogue, both sides issued a joint statement (PDF) .
- The Japanese delegation was led by Mr. KASAI Yasuyuki, Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office and Mr. ISHIZUKI Hideo, Ambassador in charge of International Security Policy (Deputy Assistant-Minister, Foreign Policy Bureau). The U.S. delegation was led by Ms. Cara Abercrombie, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council and Mr. Chirag Parikh, Deputy Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary, National Space Council. From Japan, the principal participants included those from Cabinet Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; National Security Secretariat; Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center; Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of the Environment; Ministry of Defense; National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). From the U.S., the principal participants were from National Security Council; National Space Council; Office of the National Cyber Director; Department of State; Department of Defense; Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Department of Commerce; Department of Transportation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
- The Joint Statement includes the following key points:
- (1) Both sides gave updates on their respective space policies and strategies, including Japan’s upcoming revision of the Basic Plan on Space Policy and the U.S. Space Priorities Framework.
- (2) On national security, the U.S. side strongly welcomed Japan’s recent adoption of its new National Security Strategy, and both sides noted the strong alignment between Japanese and U.S. strategic interests and values, and committed to leveraging bilateral space cooperation to support its implementation.
- (3) On commercial space, both sides discussed Space Situational Awareness and regulatory frameworks and welcomed the inclusion, for the first time since the Dialogue’s inception, of industry participation in the Dialogue process, including events held on February 28 in Washington and on March 23 in Tokyo.
- (4) Both sides also discussed strong, successful Japan-U.S. cooperation in civil space activities, which continues to grow. The discussion included the Artemis program, cooperation on the Gateway lunar orbit platform, the Artemis Accords, aeronautics research, and low Earth orbit (LEO) human activities, including continuing cooperation on the International Space Station (ISS) and discussing new commercial LEO destinations.
- Both sides concurred on holding the Ninth Meeting of the Dialogue in the United States in 2024.
[Reference] The Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space
The First Meeting was held in Tokyo in March 2013 as a framework for a comprehensive exchange of views on space cooperation between Japan and the United States. The last meeting (the Seventh Meeting) was held in Tokyo in August 2020.