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EU and Japan conclude inaugural dialogue on space issues

EU News 401/2014

7 October 2014

The European Union and Japan held their first policy dialogue on space in Tokyo on 7 October, 2014. The meeting allowed for an exchange of views on developments in space policy and space security.  They covered research and space exploration, cooperation on satellite navigation, earth observation and maritime domain awareness, amongst other issues.   The two sides also discussed space diplomacy, including multilateral initiatives to ensure the peaceful use of outer space.

The meeting was co-chaired on the EU side by Joelle Jenny, director of security policy and conflict prevention at the European External Action Service and Philippe Brunet, director of aerospace, maritime, security and defence industries at the European Commission. The Japanese side was led by Ambassador Shingo Yamagami of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr Yoshinori Komiya, director general of the Office of National Space Policy. The European Space Agency also participated.

The dialogue was a concrete follow-up to discussions between EU leaders and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the EU-Japan Summit in May 2014.

Both sides agreed on the value of further deepening their cooperation, and agreed to hold further rounds of the dialogue on an annual basis.

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