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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Message from the Director General

Aircraft forms an integral part of our social infrastructure, and will continue to serve in larger and larger usage capacities as we move into the future. The aviation industry is expected to grow nearly double on a global scale over the next two decades. Given these conditions, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology underlined the need for a more competitive Japanese aviation industry and an effort to spark technological innovation in air transportation systems in its August 2014 “Strategic vision for researching and developing the next-generation aircraft.” In January 2016, the Cabinet approved the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan—a plan that calls for the National Research and Development Agency to be a powerful engine of innovation in the scientific and technological realms.

The JAXA Aeronautical Technology Directorate has been promoting three-pillared research and development program with the focus on environment, safety , and sky frontier. Under this program setting, we’ve started delivering outcomes with global value in FY2015; some are relating to the next-generation air traffic management system from DREAMS project, and others are from D-SEND project that forms a part of research into the quiet supersonic aircraft technology. Hoping to live up to those examples, we will keep working to generate solid, high-level results through our ongoing projects and research initiatives.

As we continue to strengthen our robust capabilities in aeronautical technologies, we are also extending our focus to establishing an open and flexible research structure that enables to bring in diverse expertise and knowledge across disciplines. In fact, under the Next Generation Aeronautical Innovation Hub Center, we’ve already concluded a cooperation agreement to launch an 18-member consortium, which includes JAXA, universities, research institutions, and corporations. The consortium is to get started on researching and developing “protection technology for weather disturbances” that stands to improve aviation safety. In the fundamental research fields, too, we are currently looking into possible open structure that can incorporate all the expertise on aviation technology into a deep reservoir as research assets for Japan to create high-value added technologies. We are also looking forward to forging closer ties with aerospace research and development agencies abroad and continuing to serve as the Chair of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR).

We are determined to pursue research and development initiatives that capture attention throughout Japan and across the globe. As our research and development projects continue to produce results, we will do everything in our power to pass the fruits of our efforts along to the industrial and social communities. We appreciate your continued support.

March 2016
Fumikazu Itoh
Director General
Aeronautical Technology Directorate