Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

Collaboration in New Space

A U.S.-Japan Space Forum event

September 24, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center | RSVP for Room Information
First Street NE
Washington, DC 20515

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Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis

The U.S.-Japan Space Forum (USJSF) is a standing committee of American and Japanese space policy experts and officials, meeting twice yearly to examine critical developments and opportunities for bilateral and multilateral space-related activities. USJSF is co-convened by Frank Jannuzi of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and Saadia Pekkanen of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

The United States and Japan are critical partners in space, with both governments and commercial sectors working closely to advance shared interests. This panel discussion explores the implications of the new space race and the trends of democratization, commercialization, and militarization that define it. The public capstone presents research funded by the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), which can be explored in further detail in Dr. Pekkanen’s publication, Governing the New Space Race.

9:00 – 9:20
Welcome Remarks
Congressman Ami Bera

9:20 – 10:45
CGP Public Capstone: Governing the New Space Race

Saadia M. Pekkanen, Co-Director, Space Policy and Research Center (SPARC), University of Washington

P.J. Blount, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg

Brian Israel, Co-Founder and Legal Counsel, ConsenSys Space

John Mittleman, General Engineer, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00
Space: New Frontiers and New Technologies
Hiroshi Koyama, Executive Fellow, Electronic Systems Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Ron Lopez, President and Managing Director, Astroscale

Yuya Nakamura, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Axelspace

Masashi Sato, Manager, Global Affairs and Business Development, ispace, inc.

Moderator: Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

This event is made possible thanks to the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), and primary sponsorship of the U.S.-Japan Space Forum is provided by Boeing, IHI Aerospace, L3Harris Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric Corp (MELCO), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Japan, and NEC. The Mansfield Foundation is grateful to Congressman Ami Bera as the Capitol Hill sponsor for this event.