Saturday’s Yomiuri reported from Washington that Education Minister Shibayama and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Droegemeier held talks on Thursday and agreed to strengthen research collaboration on artificial intelligence. They also confirmed closer coordination on the development of quantum computers.
According to the daily, the Japanese official also met with NASA Administrator Bridenstine. During their meeting they reportedly agreed to deepen discussions on bilateral cooperation for the construction of a space station orbiting the moon. The cabinet minister reportedly told the press afterward that the GOJ is prepared to make an official commitment to participate in the U.S.-orchestrated lunar space station initiative later this year.