Japan is mostly interested in high technology components (solid state recorders, star trackers etc) for supporting its domestic programmes. The space agencies of both the EU and Japan cooperate and share data in science and research but have almost no industrially meaningful cooperation. However, the quantity of inquiries and topics under investigation are significantly increasing.
- The EBC advocates closer space agency cooperation in satellite technology development and applications, with pro-active promotion and execution of industrially and commercially meaningful cooperation projects.
- The Government of Japan should increase cooperation with Europe through the procurement of high-quality satellite systems or equipment in fields related to national security among others. This includes the joint development of high-quality sensors or their production by Japanese industry under licensing arrangements.
- Government procurement methods, terms and conditions should not put European makers at a disadvantage.