Aerospace Industry Global Business Matching Program

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub is a global business matching program that seeks to promote collaboration in the aerospace field between Japanese and overseas companies and entry into the aerospace field from outside fields, through collaboration and cooperation between Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

A network with aerospace agencies
in various countries

business matching know-how
that utilizes hard and soft aspects

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub

Conducting networking events
(in person and online)
Inviting overseas business players to Japan and networking
support for overseas business players such as providing bases of operation in Japan

In collaboration with overseas aerospace agencies, Mitsui Fudosan and JAXA
will co-create events and programs to match Japanese and overseas business players.

next Event

A new event of X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub is currently working on the content and format.
As soon as we have finalized the date and location, we will announce it.

past Events

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub’22

July 1, 2022

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub’22
Global Matching Program in the space business between Japan and France

Format:Online / In-Person
Venue:X-NIHONBASHI TOWER
Organizer:
X-NIHONBASHI/ Mitsui Fudosan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Centre National d’Études Spatiales
(CNES), Business France
Event Report

On July 1st 2022, as the first program of this year’s “X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’22”, a business matching event was held at X-NIHONBASHI TOWER in Nihonbashi. It was held with cooperation with CNES and Business France, with the purpose of promoting partnerships between Japanese and French companies in space-related industries

23 participants from 17 space-related companies came to Japan from France for this event with the purpose of promoting business and industrial partnerships between the two countries.
About 50 people from 23 companies, mainly space-related start-ups, as well as companies from non-space fields, participated in the event from the Japanese side.

On July 1st 2022, as the first program of this year’s “X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’22”, a business matching event was held at X-NIHONBASHI TOWER in Nihonbashi. It was held with cooperation with CNES and Business France, with the purpose of promoting partnerships between Japanese and French companies in space-related industries.

23 participants from 17 space-related companies came to Japan from France for this event with the purpose of promoting business and industrial partnerships between the two countries.
About 50 people from 23 companies, mainly space-related start-ups, as well as companies from non-space fields, participated in the event from the Japanese side.

The event was composed of three parts. The first part of the event which is the business conference, started off with an introductory speech by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), and the French Trade and Investment Agency (Business France), X-NIHONBASHI / Mitsui Fudosan, followed by an introduction of the activities of each organization.

Next, during the input session, an analyst from Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. gave a presentation on “Trends in the Space Business and Prospective Collaboration between Japan and France,” covering global trends in the space business, the latest topics of interest, as well as the potential for collaboration between Japan and France in various space business industries.

Next, for the panel session, four space-related companies that have already entered their respective markets were invited to discuss their experiences regarding the entry of overseas markets in the Japanese-French space business area, the secrets of success in their respective markets, the challenges and difficulties, as well as how they solved these issues.

Moving on to the second part of the event, the business pitch & meeting session featured business pitches by French companies visiting Japan as well as Japanese companies.

The location was moved to a studio in the X-NIHONBASHI TOWER, and although each company had only 3 minutes to present, the pitches were enthusiastic and was broadcasted in real time at the conference space.
These pitches were recorded and broadcasted as an archived video later on.

When recruiting the participants to this event, a questionnaire was sent in advance to both the Japanese and French companies in advance to find out which companies wished to hold an individual meeting, and those companies whose requests were matched were offered private meeting rooms at the X-NIHONBASHI TOWER to hold business meetings to explore specific business opportunities.

As a result of these individual meetings, some companies were able to conduct concrete business negotiations, and there are also companies with further meeting plans for the future.

Even companies whose meeting requests did not match in advance were able to hold meetings in the free space actively.

For the third part of the event, a reception and networking session was held to conclude the whole event.

At the beginning of the reception session, Ms. Dateki, Director of JAXA’s Business Development and Industrial Relations Department, gave a greeting speech. Refreshments and snacks from famous Nihonbashi restaurants were served as a treat from X-NIHONBASHI, which were enjoyed by many of the participating Japanese and French companies.

During this session, networking took place mainly between companies that could not be matched for individual meetings in advance or that were unable to hold meetings due to time restrictions.

Due to the capacity of the venue, Japanese companies that were matched for the individual meetings in advance with the French companies were given priority to attend the event. However, we received a great deal of interest and far more registrations than we could accommodate from many people.

Approximately 100 people attended the event on-site, which included about 50 people from 23 Japanese companies, the organizers, and related parties, while taking care to prevent the infection of COVID at the venue.

In addition, the first part of the event, which was the business conference, was also streamed live on X-NIHONBASHI’s YouTube channel, and was viewed online by a total of approximately 150 people in both English and Japanese.

◆Event Program

  • The 1st part:Business Conference 1:00pm-3:00pm(JST)
  • (1) Introduction
    -Remarks
    ・JAXA
     Mr. Yasuo Ishii | Vice President
    ・CNES
     Mr. Julien Mariez | Regional Counsellor for Space Affairs, CNES representative in Japan
    ・Business France
     Mr. Pascal GONDRAND
        | Director, Japan and North-East Asia
        | Counsellor for Trade and Investment, Embassy of France in
    Japan
    ・X-NIHONBASHI
    Mr. Katsuhisa Nanao | General manager, Nihonbashi Urban Planning and Development Dept, Mitsui Fudosan

    (2) Input Session
    Trends in the Space Business and Prospective Collaboration between Japan and France
    ・Mr. Shogo Yakame | Consultant, Nomura Research Institute

    (3) Panel Discussion
    <Moderator> ・Mr. Shigeki Kuzuoka
       | President, Satellite Business Network
       | Head, SAS EUROCONSULT Japan Office

    <Panelist>
    1) Mr. Yoshiharu Sakai | President and CEO, SAKASE ADTECH CO., LTD.
    2) Mr. Keitaro Asaba | International Business Development, Tenchijin.,Inc
    3) Mr. Eric PINSON | Director, Space Business Unit, SYRLINKS
    4) Mr. Louis-Francois GUERRE | Vice President, Sales Asia Pacific, SYNTONY GNSS
  • The 2nd part:Business Pitch & Meeting 3:00pm-6:00pm (JST)

    ・Pitch (Short Presentation)@X-NIHONBASHI TOWER Studio
    ・Meeting with other participants (Japanese companies – French companies)

  • The 3rd part:Reception & Networking 6:00pm-7:00pm (JST)

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub’21

For activities in 2021, Mitsui Fudosan will collaborate on programs
throughout the year in cooperation with
NASA’s world-renowned Ames Research Center (NASA Ames).

USAJAPAN

NASA Ames, JAXA, and X-NIHONBASHI (Mitsui Fudosan) will collaborate for an in-person business matching event between Japanese and US companies in conjunction with the Space Symposium, the world’s largest business conference for the aerospace industry, held in Colorado, USA. In addition, by arranging events before and after as a series of programs in Nihonbashi throughout the year, the three parties will offer a business matching program extending a bridge to the world from Nihonbashi, which was the starting point of the Go-kaido (Five Major Roads of Japan) during the Edo period (1603-1868).

December 15, 2021

Global Marketing
Strategies for Overseas Business Development
and Utilization of Overseas Exhibitions

Format:Online / In-Person
Venue:Muromachi Mitsui Hall & Conference at COREDO Muromachi Terrace 3F
Organizer:
X-NIHONBASHI / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Event Report

On December 15th(Wed), 2021, “Global Marketing:Strategies for Overseas Business Development and Utilization of Overseas Exhibitions” was held on-site at Muromachi Mitsui Hall located at Nihonbashi as the third event of “X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’21”.

“X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’21” is planning to hold a series of events throughout the year. The theme of this third event was “Importance of Overseas Marketing in Space Business”. Mr. Yagame, Senior Consultant of Nomura Research Institute, talked about the recent trends in the space business, the importance of global marketing, and the efficient use of international conferences and exhibitions.
For the input session, a VTR of a conversation between Terry Pagaduan of NASA Ames and Michael Fletcher of MJF Consulting on “How NASA Ames is Engaging with the Expanding Space Community” was shown.

During the latter half of the event, a panel discussion was held by 4 panelists on the theme of “Overseas Marketing and Utilization of Space Business Exhibition” with Mr. Kanazawa of Space BD as the moderator.
Followed by company pitches by the panelists, a panel discussion was held to discuss strategies for overseas business expansion in the space business by sharing episodes related to overseas marketing activities in the space industry, selection of overseas bases, examples and success stories of overseas exhibitions and conferences, as well as both successful and failing cases of exhibition utilization in other industries besides space. On the actual event day, participants were able to send in questions via Slido and the panelists were able to give detailed answers.

At the end of the event, a networking session (where participants could exchange business cards) was held between the speakers and participants who were at the venue, while taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This event was also available online as it was streamed live through the X-NIHONBASHI YouTube channel as a hybrid event.

Event Program

  • (1) Greetings

    ・Ms. Kyoko Dateki | Director, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    ・Mr. Osamu Machida | Mitsui Fudosan Nihonbashi Urban Planning and Development Department

  • (2) Input Session

    “Importance of Overseas Marketing in Space Business”
    ・Mr. Shogo Yakame | Senior Consultant, Nomura Research Institute
    “Thoughts on engaging with NASA:How NASA Ames engages the growing space community”
    ・Mr. Terry Pagaduan | Business Development Lead | NASA Ames
    ・Mr. Michael Fletcher | President | MJF Consulting

  • (3) Corporate Pitch / Panel discussion

    “Overseas Marketing and Utilization of Space Business Exhibition”
    <Moderator>
    ・Mr. Makoto Kanazawa | Space BD
    <Panelist>
    ・Ms. Miki Ito | Astroscale
    ・Mr. Hideki Shimada | JETRO
    ・Mr. Takahiro Nakamura | ispace
    ・Mr. Akira Fukabori | avatarin

April 16, 2021

Global Partnerships
The Future of the Rapidly Expanding Space Industry

Format:Online / In-Person
Venue:Muromachi Mitsui Hall & Conference at COREDO Muromachi Terrace 3F
Organizer:
X-NIHONBASHI / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Event Report

“Global Partnerships:The Future of the Rapidly Expanding and Remarkable Space Industry” was held on-site as the second event of X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’21 on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Muromachi Mitsui Hall in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’21 has planned a series of events throughout the year, and for this second event, it was aimed towards Japanese companies that are considering participating in the space business.

We included input sessions by JAXA, NASA, and Nomura Research Institute regarding the rapidly expanding space market and the U.S. market that is driving it, as well as opportunities to enter the space business. In addition, three companies that have successfully launched space businesses through overseas collaboration, including Japan and the U.S., were invited to present their pitches.

In the latter half of the event, a panel discussion on the theme of “Japan-U.S. collaboration and the reality of space business creation” was held with the three aforementioned companies as well as Mr. Sugita from JAXA. The panelists discussed opportunities to enter the space business and the importance and potential of Japan-U.S. collaboration.

More than 150 people attended the on-site event with measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The event was also live-streamed on X-NIHONBASHI’s YouTube channel, and as a hybrid event, the event was viewed by a total of approximately 600 people from over 300 organizations.

Event Program

  • (1) Greetings
    ・Mr. Yasuo Ishi | Vice President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    ・Mr. Katsuhisa Nanao | Div Head, Mitsui Fudosan Co.
    ・Mr. Garvey McIntosh | Asia Representative, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • (2) Input Session

    “The rapidly expanding space market and the U.S. space and the forefront of Japan-U.S. collaboration”
    ・Mr. Shogo Yakame | Senior Consultant, Nomura Research Institute
    “Current status of opening up NASA projects to the private sector and expectations for Japanese companies”
    ・Mr. Garvey McIntosh | NASA
    “JAXA’s Efforts to Accelerate Entry into the Space Business from Various Fields”
    ・Ms. Kyoko Dateki | Director, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

  • (3) Corporate Pitch
    “Learning from Pioneers of Japan-U.S. Collaboration”
    ・Mr. Kazutomi Shigeeda | Mitsui & Co.
    ・Mr. Kohei Taya | IHI Aerospace
    ・Mr. Teppei Kato | SKY Perfect JSAT
  • (4) Panel discussion
    “Japan-U.S. Collaboration and the Realities of Space Business Creation”

    <Moderator>
    ・Mr. Shogo Yakame | Nomura Research Institute
    <Panelist>
    ・Ms. Naoko Sugita | JAXA
    ・Mr. Kazutomi Shigeeda | Mitsui & Co.
    ・Mr. Kohei Taya | IHI Aerospace
    ・Mr. Teppei Kato | SKY Perfect JSAT

  • (5) Closing
    ・Ms. Rumi Enomoto | JAXA J-SPARC NAVIGATOR

March 5, 2021

B2B Forum for space innovation Kickoff Session
「The Future of U.S.-Japan Collaboration in the Space Business Industry」

Format:Online
Organizer:
X-NIHONBASHI / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Event Report

We hosted an online event, B2B Forum for space innovation Kickoff Session “The Future of U.S.-Japan Collaboration in the Space Business Industry”, as the first kick-off event of X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’21 on Friday, March 5, 2021.

X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub ’21 has planned a series of events throughout the year. We welcomed a variety of speakers and panelists for the first event which started with an input session by Mr. Shogo Yakame, a consultant at Nomura Research Institute, where he discussed the status quo of the aerospace market in the US and Japan in addition to the significance of global partnerships in the industry. Mr. Masashi Sato, Co-Founder, COO & Director of SPACETIDE Foundation, moderated the panel discussion consisting of experts from NASA, JAXA and aerospace corporations in both countries who have extensive international experience. They have discussed success and failure of Japan-U.S. partnerships in business and what they learned in the process of completeing their projects.

The event was live-streamed on YouTube from 9 a.m. for about 2 hours and the participants included corporations in Japan and the U.S.

Program Agenda

  • Navigator:Mr. Motohide Shiga | Head of Industrial Relations/Adviser to the Director, JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department
  • (1) Introduction
    Opening Remarks
    Dr. Eugene Tu | Center Director, NASA Ames
    Ms. Kyoko Dateki | Director, JAXA Business Development and Industrial RelationsDepartment
    Mr. Takashi Watanabe | Project leader, Mitsui Fudosan Nihonbashi Urban Planning andDevelopment Department
  • (2) Input Session
    「Current Status and Analysis of Space Business, Importance of GlobalPartnerships」
    Mr. Shogo Yakame | Consultant, Nomura Research Institute
  • (3) Panel Discussion
    「Presentation and panel discussion on issues and expectations for U.S.-Japancollaboration」
    < Panelist>
    Moderator:Mr. Masashi Sato | Co-Founder, COO & Director, SPACETIDEFoundation
    Mr. Terry Pagaduan | Business Development Lead, NASA Ames
    Mr. Shinichi Takata | J-SPARC Producer, JAXA Business Development and IndustrialRelations Department
    Mr. Michael Fletcher | President, MJF Consulting
    Mr. Masa Nagasaki | Co-Founder & CEO, Space BD Inc.
    Mr. Mike Kim | Head of APAC & General Manager Japan, Orbital Insight
  • (4) Closing Session
    Mr. Motohide Shiga | Head of Industrial Relations/Adviser to the Director, JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department
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