Japan Week 2014 / European Union-Japan Business Round Table
During the annual Japan Week activities in Tokyo, Arianespace put the spotlight on its successful relationship with Japanese satellite manufacturers and operators, while also strengthening relations between this island nation and Europe.
The visit to Tokyo – which is a regular highlight on Arianespace’s calendar of events – included a press event and reception with Chairman & CEO Stéphane Israël, during which he reviewed the company’s 28-year presence in Japan and expressed Arianespace’s wish to maintain and build upon its cooperation moving forward.
During comments at the reception, Israël said that “a solid friendship and good partnership with Japan is indispensable for our common success in a healthy market.”
Since Arianespace opened its Tokyo office in 1986, the company has launched 27 of 36 Japanese commercial spacecraft – including Japan’s first commercial satellite, JCSAT-1, which was orbited during 1989.
While in Tokyo, Israël also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as part of a gathering of the European Union-Japan Business Round Table – which was created in 1995 to help develop trade and investment between the European Union and Japan, as well as to encourage industrial cooperation in fields of common interest.