Last week, Karen Makishima, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, joined members of the Mansfield Foundation and Space Policy Institute U.S.-Japan Space Forum for a discussion on bilateral space collaboration.
The event, a public seminar co-hosted by the Mansfield Foundation and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute, highlighted the rollout of policy recommendations that reflect the results of the U.S.-Japan Space Forum’s two-year study on critical developments and opportunities for bilateral space activities. Dr. Makishima, a former Cabinet Office Vice Minister, and a leading voice on norms-setting in space activities, discussed the significance of space within Japan’s broader priorities, and the important role of U.S.-Japan space collaboration. The September 9 seminar also invited comments from members of the broader defense and space policy communities in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, who shared perspectives on space in American defense strategy, opportunities for advancing multilateral collaboration on space, and the intersection of the space private and public sectors. Last week’s public event follows several days of U.S.-Japan Space Forum meetings in Tokyo and Washington with U.S. congressional offices and members of Japan’s Diet and government space community.