Webinar & In-Person Program
The Future of Space Cooperation
Between the U.S. and Japan

From the launching of the James Webb Space Telescope and the Perseverance Mars rover to the successful Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter and the return of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid sampling mission, the United States and Japan have each made enormous strides in astronomy, space exploration, and other dimensions of scientific space research in recent years. Now, as the development of the space economy of the future accelerates, the two countries have agreed to take further steps together to advance their cooperation on all aspects of space, including the uses of space for the terrestrial economy through tools such as the Quasi-Zenith Space Satellite (QZSS), and through the future development of resources in space and on celestial bodies through the Artemis Moon landing program. Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of space exploration, space science, and the future space economy as seen by leading experts in the United States and Japan who are working to advance our understanding of, and ability to engage with, the cosmos.
All registered participants will automatically receive a link to attend the virtual event.
  • Online
  • In-Person at RAND Corporation (1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA)
In-Person Safety Measures
RAND is following the COVID-19 safety protocols that have been established for federal contractors in the United States. In-person participants will need to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Day 1: U.S. and Japanese Views of the Future of Space Science and Exploration

The first day’s program surveys how the U.S. and Japan are envisioning and preparing for the next few decades of space science, exploration and collaboration. Alongside a keynote talk by Columbia University’s Dr. David Kipping, experts from both countries will present on topics ranging from space elevators to moon bases, and even the attempt to reach Alpha Centauri in our lifetime, as well as the important role played by public science education. Speakers include Dr. Christian Johnson, Mr. Sho Nakanose, and Dr. Pete Worden, along with moderator Dr. Scott W. Harold.
Monday, March 7, 2022
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM (PST)
Day 2: U.S. and Japanese Views of Space Science Cooperation and the Future Space Economy

On day two, the conversation delves deeper into the possibilities and challenges for a future space economy, and the essential role of international cooperation. Keynote speaker Mr. Ishii Yasuo, Vice-President for International Cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will share an overview of the role of U.S.-Japan Space Cooperation, followed by presentations on topics exploring the commercial potential for heavy launch vehicles, satellites, and space tourism, as well as the ability for science fiction to shape policy. Speakers include Dr. Bonnie L. Triesenberg, Dr. Chad J.R. Ohlandt, Mr. Ron Lopez, and Mr. Isaac Arthur, along with moderator Dr. Scott W. Harold.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
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Top Image:  A view of the International Space Station shows some of JAXA's (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) contributions,
including the Kibo laboratory module and the H-II Transfer Vehicle-9 (HTV-9) resupply ship / Photo by NASA
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