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Innovation Salon – Robotics, Space Lasers, and the Information Super Highway: US-Japan Partnerships in the Space Sector

May 11 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


In the space sector, partnerships and collaboration between the US and Japan remain critically important for economic growth and national security. Both nations have enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship in many different economic sectors, beyond just space. As these national economies become more global, effective and productive partnerships become even more important. Navigating the challenges of cultural differences, language barriers, and national policy all must be considered when executing a joint partnership. 

In 2022, the global space economy was estimated at over 460 billion dollars. Much of this growth is taking place in the commercial space sector as governments, including the US and Japan, turn to commercial service providers to fill both civil and security needs. In the US and Japan, this is leading companies to seek partnerships to work together to address the bilateral opportunity.

Please join us as we consider US-Japan partnership challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the space marketplace. Mr. Michael Fletcher of MJF Consulting, LLC will moderate a panel with Mr. Sho Nakanose, CEO of the US (formerly Japanese) space robotics company GITAI, Mr. Campbell Marshall, the COO of the space based optical data network company, Skyloom Global, and Mr. Yohei Yamamoto, the VP of Strategy for Space Compass, a joint venture between the Japanese satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT and the Japanese telecommunications company NTT. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on working together between the US and Japan. Join us as they share those experiences and answer audience questions.

▼Event Details
Date and Time:

US: Thursday, May 11th @ 4:30pm (PDT)
Japan: Friday, May 12th @ 8:30am (JST)

Price: FREE!

Venue: Zoom
**Zoom link provided upon registration

4:30-4:35pm: Opening Remarks, Larry Greenwood | Board Chair, Japan Society of Northern California
4:35-4:38pm: Welcome and Panel Input, Michael Fletcher | President, MJF Consulting LLC
4:38-4:45pm: Campbell Marshall | Chief Operating Officer, Skyloom Global Corp.
4:45-4:52pm: Yohei Yamamoto | Vice President of Strategy, Space Compass Corporation
4:52-4:59pm: Sho Nakanose | Founder and CEO, GITAI
4:59-5:19pm: Panel Q&A Session
5:19-5:25pm: Audience Q&A Session
5:25-5:30pm: Wrap up, Michael Fletcher | President, MJF Consulting LLC & Closing Remarks, Steve Pollock | President, Japan Society of Northern California

Our Amazing Speakers

michael-fletcherMichael Fletcher | President, MJF Consulting LLC
Michael Fletcher is the president of MJF Consulting LLC, a company that he started in 2020. MJF Consulting provides management consultant services for US and Japanese companies working in the space sector. Through MJF Consulting, Mr. Fletcher has provided services to a variety of clients from large, established legacy space companies to young start-up companies. MJF Consulting services include business development, senior management advice, market surveys and analysis, and program management and systems engineering consulting.

Sho Nakanose | Founder and CEO, GITAI
Sho Nakanose is the Founder and CEO of GITAI, a space robotics startup with the aim of providing safe and affordable labor in space while reducing operational costs by 100 times. In 2021, GITAI successfully conducted a technology demonstration inside the ISS, and the company is conducting its next technology demonstration outside the ISS in 2023.

GITAI has been awarded contracts from major US space companies, TOYOTA, the Japanese government, JAXA, and others. Prior to founding GITAI, Sho founded and sold an IT venture in India. He also worked at IBM Japan.

campbell-marshallCampbell Marshall | Chief Operating Officer, Skyloom Global Corp.
Campbell Marshall currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Skyloom Global Corp., a telecommunications company founded with the mission to develop, deploy, and operate one of the fundamental pieces of tomorrow’s space communication infrastructure to provide data transport services on a planetary scale.

Prior to joining Skyloom, Campbell was part of the executive leadership team at Omnispace, where he successfully built and led their government and military-focused business, as well as played a key role in market expansion from the company’s inception.

yyamamotoYohei Yamamoto | Vice President of Strategy, Space Compass Corporation
Yohei Yamamoto is Vice President of Strategy at Space Compass Corporation, a joint venture company established in 2022 between NTT and SKY Perfect JSAT.

Before joining Space Compass, Yohei spent 20+ years in SKY Perfect JSAT where he gained extensive knowledge of business development and strategies. His experience spans from procuring satellites/launch services, developing business through alliance and M&As with the partners, and managing growth strategies of a fleet of 15+ satellites.

As the Vice President of Strategy at Space Compass, Yohei plays key roles and supports two Co-CEOs of the company in various strategic initiatives by identifying new business opportunities, cultivating partnerships, and advancing the company’s mission.

Yohei holds a BA in Policy Management from Keio University and MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. He enjoys Karate on weekends with his two sons.

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May 11
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


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