Japan Pavilion PR ambasador

YAMAZAKI Naoko

YAMAZAKI Naoko

Astronaut

YAMAZAKI Naoko

In 2010, Yamazaki was onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on the crew of STS-131, an assembly and resupply mission to the International Space Station. Currently, Yamazaki is serving as a member of the Japan Space Policy Committee, Representative Director of Space Port Japan Association, Director of Astro Tourism, and a chairperson of “Sorajo (women in aerospace)” under the Japanese Rocket Society, among other roles.

I am very honored to be appointed as an Ambassador of the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” There is actually a big connection between Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in space. In 2018, the UAE's first domestically developed satellite, “KhalifaSat” was launched from Tanegashima with a Japanese rocket. Also, in 2020, UAE’s first Mars orbiter, “al-Amal (hope)” will be launched from Tanegashima, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the UAE. I myself have visited the UAE three times so far, and have tried to promote exchange of technology and human resources. As an ambassador, I would therefore like to connect this friendship to the future.

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