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Release of Report Compiled by Study Group for Enhanced Human Resource Bases in the Space Industry

In January 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established a Study Group for Enhanced Human Resource Bases in the Space Industry to hold discussions on development of specific measures to address the current situation of human resources in the space industry in Japan. Since then, the study group held four meetings and compiled the discussion results into a report.

1. Purpose

In the midst of dramatic changes in business environments derived from the fourth industrial revolution and other emerging advanced technologies, Japanese industries are faced with the urgent challenge of dramatically enhancing the capabilities of human resources as a basis for their sustainable growth.

With this understanding, the space industry has been dramatically improving the quality and quantity of data derived from studies on space in response to the increase in technological innovations and the recent number of new entrants to the field. Under the Space Industry Vision 2030, Japan has set a goal of doubling the market scale of the domestic space industry as a whole by as early as 2030s through enhancing future efforts for expanding the industries which utilize data produced from space research as well as by continuing conventional efforts undertaken in the space industry. To achieve the goal, Japan needs to fortify human resource bases throughout the space industry.

Meanwhile, the space industry has been facing challenges, such as securing an adequate number of human resources necessary for the forecasted expansion of the industry and inherent mobility of such resources. To overcome these challenges, it is urgent that Japan take necessary measures by uniting efforts of the public and private sectors without limiting discussions to issues exclusive to the space industry.

As one effort for this purpose, in January 2018, METI established a Study Group for Enhanced Human Resource Bases in the Space Industry in order to hold discussions on development of specific measures to address the current situation of human resources in the space industry in Japan as well as holding general discussions on policies for human resource development. Since then, the study group held four meetings with experts and compiled the discussion results into a report. METI hereby publicizes the report.

Based on the report, METI will strive to make maximum efforts to develop specific measures.

2. Members of the study group

Members

Chair: Mr. Shinichi Nakasuka, Professor, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
Mr. Tomoyuki Shimanuki, Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Department of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University
Ms. Kuniko Usagawa, Director, JOBS Research Center
Mr. Eiki Yoneda, President, Essence Co., Ltd.
Mr. Naoto Matsuura, Director, Satellite Applications and Promotion Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mr. Hiroaki Miyoshi, Acting Director, Space Systems Development Division, NEC Corporation
Mr. Masato Mizutani, Director, Space System Planning Division, Space System Department, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Mr. Masahito Yokomizo, Executive Director, Science System Solution Management Department, Technical Computing and Solution Development Headquarters, Fujitsu Limited
Mr. Masashi Harada, Director, Corporate Planning Division, IHI Aerospace Co., Ltd.
Mr. Hiroshi Ogasawara, Deputy Director/Management Director, Space Development Department, Defense and Space Segment, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Mr. Yuya Nakamura, President, Axelspace Corporation
Mr. Takahiro Inagawa, CEO, Interstellar Technologies Inc.

Observers

National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Space Development and Utilization Division, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Space Communications Policy Division, Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Secretariat

Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI

Appendix

Release date

May 1, 2018

Division in Charge

Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI

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