Galaxy Forum Japan – Cumulative

Galaxy Forum Japan 2014 – Tokyo

Saturday 13 December 2014 (2-5pm) @ Cosmos Building, NAOJ Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

GF Japan 14 - website graphic revised

Galaxy Forum returns to the Land of the Rising Sun, one of the world’s 6 major space faring powers, Japan. ILOA collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan NAOJ, to advance Galaxy 21st Century Education continues this year at the Cosmos Building kindly provided by NAOJ at the Mitaka Campus.

The Feature presenter is Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki,

Yamazaki was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 1999, attended the ISS Astronaut Basic Training program beginning in April 1999, and was certified as an astronaut in September 2001. Yamazaki-san has participated in ISS Advanced Training and supported the hardware development and operation of the Japanese Experiment Module. In May 2004, Yamazaki completed Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center in Star City, Russia. In June 2004, Yamazaki arrived at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to begin Astronaut Candidate Training school. In November 2008, JAXA announced that Yamazaki would become the second Japanese woman to fly in space on STS-131, scheduled to launch in 2010. On April 5, 2010 Yamazaki entered space on the shuttle Discovery as part of mission STS-131. She returned to Earth on April 20, 2010. Yamazaki retired from JAXA on August 31, 2011.

The program will also include:

Dr. Masaaki Hiramatsu — soon to be Chief of NAOJ Public Relations Office

Steve Durst — Director, ILOA / Editor and Publisher, Space Age Publishing Co.

Misuzu Onuki — presenting about Cities in Space

Professor Junya Terazono — Database Lab & CAIST/ARC-Space, The University of Aizu

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.

GF Japan 14 - 1st Public Announcement (Japanese) FINAL


Galaxy Forum Japan 2012 – Tokyo

Saturday 10 Nov 2012 (3:00-5:00pm) @ Science Agora 2012, Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Galaxy Forum Japan 2012 Tokyo, Science Agora
ILOA has succeeded in coordinating Galaxy Forum Japan 2012 as part of the major national science festival called Science Agora at Miraikan. Held annually since 2006, Science Agora has continued to be one of the leading science communication events in Japan. Last year the event hosted 194 programs offered by 183 organizing parties; there were roughly 1,700 exhibitors serving more than 5,000 visitors during the three days.

The Galaxy Forum program includes:

Misuzu Onuki, Space Frontier Foundation: Forum Moderator

Steve Durst, ILOA / Space Age Publishing: ILO First Light Galaxy Imaging and 21st Century Education

Dr. Hidehiko Agata, NAOJ: Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) / Japan Participation

Daigo Fujita, Leave a Nest Co., Ltd: Why Leave a Nest’s Space Education Project Engaged So Many People?

Japanese Language Version:

English Language Version:


Galaxy Forum Japan 2011 – Tokyo

Saturday 10 December 2011 (1:00-5:00pm) @ Miraikan: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Galaxy Forum Japan 2011

ILOA Galaxy Forum returns to Japan with the intention of advancing 21st Century Education and renewal for the future of Japan. Our dedicated team of local experts and organizers includes: Misuzu Onuki the Asia Regional Coordinator for the Space Frontier Foundation, Dr. Toshihiro Handa of Kagoshima University and Tomonori Hayakawa a Science Communicator for Miraikan. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as Miraikan, is an amazing facility for the people and particularly the youth of Japan.

The provisional program this year includes:

Misuzu Onuki, Space Frontier Foundation: Forum Moderator

Steve Durst, ILOA / Space Age Publishing: ILO First Light Galaxy Imaging and the ILOA 3 Missions

Dr. Hidehiko Agata, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan: “You are Galileo!” Project

Yuko Okayama, Miraikan Science Communicator: Miraikan’s Galaxy

Dr. Toshiaki Takemae, JAXA and Young Astronauts Club: TBD (Space Exploration / Education)

Prof. Junya Terazono, the Database Lab & CAIST/ARC-Space, The University of Aizu: Hayabusa: The Legacy and Future of Space Education and Outreach

Jon Lomberg, Hawaii Artist and Galaxy Garden founder: Galaxy Garden Hawaii & Planning for Galaxy Garden Japan

See our flier for the event below (click image for full-size):

Galaxy Forum Japan 2011 - Flier


Galaxy Forum Japan 2010 – Tokyo

Saturday 4 December 2010 (1:00pm-5:00pm) @ Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation).


    • Dr. Toshihiro Handa, Kagoshima University Faculty of Science, Dept. of Physics: Study of Astrophysics of the Milky Way Galaxy as a Template for Other Galaxies

Download the Galaxy Forum Japan flyer here.


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