Press Release: Expo 2020 Dubai’s "Space Week" brings together Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and CBO of Axelspace Yasunori Yamazaki

Expo's mission is to provide “a place to solve humanity's challenges”. Throughout the six-month period of Expo 2020 Dubai, 10 Theme Weeks will be held to focus on our most critical challenges, and people from all over the world, from various fields, will gather to discuss the issues in depth. An astronaut YAMAZAKI Naoko, Japan Pavilion PR ambassador, will participate in the Space Week, one of the 10 Theme Weeks, taking place from October 17 to 23, 2021.

▼Space Week promotion video(Expo 2020 Dubai YouTube channel)

In 2010, Ms. YAMAZAKI was engaged in the mission STS-131, an assembly and resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), and flew as a Mission Specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. She will take part in a variety of events hosted by Expo and different countries’ pavilions to discuss the future of the space field with experts from around the world.

The following events will be live-streamed online, and some of them can be viewed at the venue by pre-registering. Please refer to the information at the bottom of this page on how to participate.

【List of events where Ms. YAMAZAKI will be speaking at】


① Space Business Forum
Date and Time: 9:00-16:55 October 19, 2021 ※ JST 14:55-21:55
Ms. YAMAZAKI will appear on stage at: 11:55-12:55 ※ JST 16:55-17:55
Session: “Enabling Space Explores of Tomorrow: Education, Regulations and Policy”
Main venue: DEC Hall 2A South

② World Majlis│Lessons from Space : Applying Approaches from Space to Fight Climate Change
Date and Time: 16:30-18:00 October 19, 2021 ※ JST 21:30-23:00
Ms. YAMAZAKI will appear on stage at: 16:30-18:00 ※ JST 21:30-23:00
Main venue: India Pavilion
Satellite venue: 1st Floor South | The Nexus for People and Planet

③ Space:Where the World Comes Together for Progress
Date and Time: 10:00-17:10 October 19, 2021 ※ JST 15:00-22:10
Ms. YAMAZAKI will appear on stage at: 10:30-11:10 ※ JST 15:30-16:10
Session: “The View from Space”
Venue: DEC 2A Hall South

Date and Time: 13:30-15:00 October 20, 2021 ※ JST 18:30-20:00
Ms. YAMAZAKI will appear on stage at: 13:30-14:15 ※ JST 18:30-19:15
Venue: Swiss Pavilion

⑤ Women’s World Majlis│ Mission Equality: Expanding Equal Opportunities in the Space Economy
Date and Time: 15:00-16:30 October 20, 2021 ※ JST 20:00-21:30
Ms. YAMAZAKI will appear on stage at: 15:00-16:30 ※ JST 20:00-21:30
Venue: Women’s Pavilion

【How to participate】


All of the above events will be live-streamed online. Please join the events through the link below.
Event No. ①②③⑤:“Virtual Expo” website
Event No. ④:
※ You will need to create an account in order to view the content of “virtual Expo”.
※ Please search for the events from “LISTEN & WATCH” section.
※ The above speaking time may vary depending on each event’s progress.


The event No. ④ can be viewed at the venue by pre-registering. Please register through the following link.
※ Please note that seats are limited.
※ You will need a ticket to enter the Expo venue.