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Feature story May 20, 2013

Arianespace’s Stéphane Israël underscores strong partnership with Japan during Tokyo customer meetings

Stéphane Israël initiated his first major international customer visits today, as Arianespace’s new Chairman & CEO met with key Japanese partners during the company’s annual Arianespace Japan Week activities in Tokyo.

Israël spoke with leaders from Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and SKY Perfect JSAT during three visits as part of Arianespace’s annual outreach to the Japanese market.

Today’s initial scheduled visit was with B-SAT, which has entrusted Arianespace with all seven of the satellites used since its inception. Israël met with B-SAT representatives Kazuo Takenaka, President & CEO; and Takashi Yabashi, Managing Director. All wore pins with seven stars to commemorate the payloads lofted by Arianespace for this Japanese commercial operator.

Israël underscored the need for a strong partnership in his second meeting today, with Naoki Okumura, the president of JAXA at the agency’s headquarters in Tokyo. Arianespace lofted the LDREX-1 and LDREX-2 payloads in 2000 and 2006, respectively, for the Japanese space agency.

A meeting with SKY Perfect JSAT – the largest satellite operator in Asia – rounded out Israël’s customer visits as he confirmed Arianespace commitment to continuing the quarter-century relationship with this Japanese operator. Representatives for SKY Perfect JSAT included: Shinji Takada, President & CEO; Osamu Inoue, Director of the Board & Senior Executive Vice President; Yutaka Nagai, Senior Executive Vice President; Koki Koyama, Managing Executive Officer; and Yuichi Hayasaka, Executive Officer and Deputy Group President.

Arianespace’s partnership with SKY Perfect JSAT dates back to the launch of Japan’s first commercial satellite, JCSAT-1 in March 1989, and has been continued with a multi-launch services agreement inked during September 2012.

For the meetings with SKY Perfect JSAT and B-SAT, Israël was accompanied by former Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall, who is now the President of France’s CNES space agency.

As part of further Japan Week activities, Israël also will meet with the press and speak at a reception to highlight Arianespace’s role in this key market.

Arianespace opened its Tokyo office in 1986 and since then has won 27 launch contracts out of 36 open to competition – representing a 75-percent market share in the region.

Arianespace’s new Chairman & CEO Stéphane Israël conducted a range of meetings with valued Japanese customers, including Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and SKY Perfect JSAT during the company’s Arianespace Japan Week 2013 activities. Pictured at left, (from left to right) former Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall, B-SAT President & CEO Kazuo Takenaka, B-SAT Managing Director Takashi Yabashi and Israël wear special pins to commemorate seven successful launches of B-SAT payloads by Arianespace. Israël also met with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Naoki Okumura (center) and visited SKY Perfect JSAT (at right, with Jacques Breton, Arianespace’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Customers).

Arianespace’s new Chairman & CEO Stéphane Israël conducted a range of meetings with valued Japanese customers, including Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and SKY Perfect JSAT during the company’s Arianespace Japan Week 2013 activities. Pictured at left, (from left to right) former Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall, B-SAT President & CEO Kazuo Takenaka, B-SAT Managing Director Takashi Yabashi and Israël wear special pins to commemorate seven successful launches of B-SAT payloads by Arianespace. Israël also met with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Naoki Okumura (center) and visited SKY Perfect JSAT (at right, with Jacques Breton, Arianespace’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Customers).

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