NASA strengthens ties with Japan – A new agreement on future space collaboration between the United States and Japan was signed at NASA.
Its full name is “The Framework Agreement Between the Governments of Japan and the United States of America for Cooperation in Space Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, For Peaceful Purposes,” and it is described as building on a long history of cooperation in space exploration between the U.S. and Japan.
It covers collaborative work in, among other things, the fields of space science, Earth science, space operations and exploration, and safety and mission assurance. However, no new efforts in particular were disclosed.
Above is a picture of Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, front right, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, front left. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, left, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, second from left, and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, right, were also in attendance.
Japan is one of NASA’s key international partners, and this latest framework agreement will enable us to work together even more closely across our agencies’ wide-ranging exploration, science, and research portfolios, according to Nelson. “From low-Earth orbit to the Moon and beyond, Japan is one of NASA’s most significant international partners,” Nelson said.
At Washington’s Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters, the agreement was signed.
The Japan-U.S. alliance, which is now more powerful than ever, would benefit from this agreement’s active promotion of joint space activities between the two countries, according to Kishida.
As part of their agreement to work together on long-term lunar exploration projects under the Artemis programme, NASA and the Government of Japan already announced Japan’s contributions to Gateway in November 2022.
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