New Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Hiroshi Yamakawa held a press conference on April 2. The 52-year-old former professor at Kyoto University expressed his aspirations by saying, “I’d like to make efforts to turn JAXA into an organization that continues to take on new challenges by taking advantage of my own experiences.”
Yamakawa is originally from JAXA and engaged in the development of a Mercury probe and studied space debris there. He worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the U.S. and the European Space Agency (ESA). He also engaged in policymaking as a member of the Japanese government’s Committee on National Space Policy.
Yamakawa is the first researcher to head JAXA. He said, “My strength is that I have various perspectives and experiences. I have been watching JAXA from both inside and outside. I’m sure that JAXA can do more if it capitalizes on human resources.”