Chapter6. Preparations for the Promotion of Space Activities
6- I Public Understanding
It is the responsibility of those who take charge of space development
to gain public understanding and support for space activities. In that context,
public relations activities informing persons in every walk of life, particularly
young people, about the significance of space development and its expected
results are indispensable. Those activities will also provide people with
an opportunity to see the development of space through various media, exhibitions,
It is, therefore, important to reinforce our public relations activities
by taking the following measures:
|| Provide information on space development
widely through TV, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.
||Support science museums across the nation,
and other aero-space related centers by providing space exhibits,
video films, pictures, and other material and by sending experts.
||Send more scientists and experts to symposiums,
workshops, and other gatherings on space public relations.
||Use " Space Day " and other events
to conduct various space-related activities for school children, open
space agency facilities to the public, and conduct public experiments.
||Further strengthen cooperative PR activity
between the public and the private sectors, and between Japan and
6- 2 Manpower Training
Future space development will require more and better trained pesonnel in
the space field.
For this reason, special measures will be introduced to find and train the
researchers and engineers who will be the main promoters of space development,
and young people who will be responsible for this field in the future. These
||Placing more emphasis on the under graduate
and post graduate educational systems, to improve research and engineering
Following the expected expansion of space activities in the 2lst century,
efforts will be made to train researchers and engineers, not only
in space science, astronomy, earth science, space medicine, but also
in material science and life science using the space environment.
Moreover, additional efforts will be made to train personnel in the
fields of humanities and the social sciences, such as space law and
||Improve training for researchers and engineers
in space development agencies.
||Improve training and foreign study systems
in relevant agencies, including personnel exchange programs with other
research institutes and foreign countries.
||Expand support for programs run for junior
researchers, including university students. Such programs include
summer seminars, space experiments using the space station, meeting
with foreign researchers, and the use of laboratory facilities. There
is another program, the satellite design contest, which publicly invites
good design ideas. The possibility of using the winner's idea will
||Young people's interest in space development
is increasing, because they will be responsible for it in the next
generation. Schools and other educational institutes are therefore
expected to allow more time for space activities, including explanations
of the significance of the development of space.
More opportunities will be provided for young people to have on-site
experience in space activities, such as participating in space camps
and other space related social events. These opportunities will create
incentives for them to join future space activities. Additional efforts
will also be made to foster their instructors by providing training
||To expand our cooperation with countries
in the Asia-Pacific regions, we will accept researchers and engineers
from the region in our space development agencies, through exchange
6-3 Facilitation of Information Flow
Since space activities are connected with a number of scientific and technological
disciplines and are subject to a rapid change, it is important to ensure
the efficient use of research results, technical information, and observational
data. To achieve that aim, an effort will be made to restructure the information
flow system, such as relevant data bases and information networks . Moreover,
we will also encourage the connection of our networks with foreign information
networks, to provide domestic and foreign data on Earth observation and
on space environment utilization to users. We will also ensure more effective
distribution of development results over those networks.
6-4 Indirect Measures of Space Development
||It is important to secure launch options
to satisfy the likely increase in launch demands. Therefore, we will
endeavor to obtain the full understanding of all persons concerned,
and introduce proper measures.
||As we receive cooperative support in the
form of satellite tracking and control services from the U.S. and
other countries, we will continue this kind of international cooperation.
6-5 Securing Financial Resources
In order to implement the items proposed in the Fundamental Policy of Japan's
Space Activities, we will try to share the financial burden with the private
sector. Specifically, we will try to secure a steady increase in the national
budget, and make use of other resources, including private ones.
6-6 Orderly Space Activities
||For proper implementation of space activities
at the international level, we will promote further advances in international
areas like space treaties.
||Taking into consideration our responsibilities
as a result of changes in the international situation, we will take
appropriate measures to secure safe maintenance and to prevent intervention.
||In implementing our space activities, we
must pay due attention to risk management. Space insurance is a useful
means to this end. We will use such insurance appropriately, according
to the characteristics of each satellite.