Today, aircraft are an essential mode of transportation. They connect countries around the world, carrying large numbers of passengers and huge amounts of cargo. We also recognize the social benefits and usefulness of artificial satellites for such things as weather forecasting, communications and observing Earth.
Today, aerospace development plays an important role in the policies of leading countries in the developed world. The United States, for instance, now has a new plan for human exploration of the moon and Mars. In Europe, aerospace development is positioned as an essential tool to implement national security policies. And after a successful manned space flight, China is now planning a lunar mission. In such circumstances, as the most easterly country in Asia, Japan is determined to actively use aerospace technology to build a safe and prosperous society.
To sustain and develop the field of aerospace to further enrich our society in the future, JAXA has articulated its long-term vision for the next 20 years. JAXA will keep pushing itself to challenge the limits of science and technology, in order to nurture a society in which everyone can have dreams, hope and pride.
Various opinions about JAXA's Vision were heard at the symposium. Here, the ex-President of JAXA answers your questions. (As of 2005)
On 25 April, JAXA held its first symposium, JAXA 2025, which brought many people together in an open and vigorous discussion. We were able to hear participants' expectations for JAXA, as well as their frank assessments.