Japan and U.S. working towards strengthening space cooperation

The Dialogue series emphasizes a whole-of-government approach to civil, commercial, and national security space interests and cooperation with the participation of experts from across the two governments.

Japan and U.S. working towards strengthening space cooperation
Japan and U.S. working towards strengthening space cooperation

Japan and U.S. working towards strengthening space cooperation

The Government of Japan and the Government of the United States of America held the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Tokyo, on August 26, 2020 in pursuant to the shared goal of continuing to advance bilateral space cooperation and to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance as declared by the leaders of both nations.

The Dialogue series emphasizes a whole-of-government approach to civil, commercial, and national security space interests and cooperation with the participation of experts from across the two governments.

As reported by Space Daily, in the meeting, both sides provided updates on their respective space policies, including the recent revision of the Basic Plan on Space Policy on the Japanese side and similarly the release of the Defense Space Strategy on the U.S. side.

The increasing importance of space for national security was also recognized and each side welcomed significant developments in their respective defense institutions, namely, the establishment of the Space Operations Squadron of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Space Command and Space Force of the U.S.

Amid the unprecedented crisis, this meeting provided the two countries with a valuable opportunity to debate emergency responses within the space sector and utilization of space to deal with challenges that the international community faces today. Both sides concurred on holding the Eighth meeting of the Dialogue within the U.S. in 2021.