Japan’s 2020 space policy plan – update and opportunities for EU industries

In spite of COVID-19, the global Space industry experienced significant advances in 2020, likely to further develop into 2021. In 2020 Japan’s National Space Policy Secretariat revised its basic plan on space policy aiming to reinforce Space exploitation and increasing contribution to Japan’s economy.

The webinar outlined several areas of update in the 2020 revision act and introduced possible opportunities for EU-Japan industrial cooperation. The audience for this event was primarily composed of European companies and SMEs interested in the Japanese space sector.
The webinar featured two presentations and a Q&A session.
The first presentation was given by Dr. Shigeki Kuzuoka who has over 40 years of experience in the space business on earth observation, including business development, sales, market research, start-up coaching and technology consulting, and has worked with companies like Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and NEC. The second speaker was Aron Lentsch, founder and general manager of OrbSpace, a startup specialising in the design of space transportation and rocket propulsion systems with a base in Tsukuba, Japan.