On October 1, 2003, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged into one independent administrative institution to be able to perform all their activities in the aerospace field as one organization, from basic research and development to utilization. The independent administrative institution is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.)
Research and development in space and aviation areas as well as their wider applications are important means to achieve Japan’s policy targets, thus one of JAXA’s important missions is to contribute to solving various domestic and international issues.
In 2013, an important year for JAXA as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, we renewed our corporate slogan, which became “Explore to Realize.” In an environment where JAXA’s role has been diversified, we chose the words “Explore,” which is the basic principle of our activities, and also“Realize” to reflect our determination to be re-born as an organization for “realization,” which is our management philosophy. JAXA will realize a safe and affluent society by utilizing space and the sky.
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