'About Japan' webinar series 221: Newspace Market in Japan

28-11-2023 | 10:30 - 11:30 CET

What business opportunities does the Japanese space market offer to EU SMEs? 

Over the past five years, there has been a rapid evolution in the Japanese space sector. The emergence of "Newspace" players in Japan has attracted significant investments from both domestic and foreign sources. However, this growth has not been without its challenges. The focus of Japanese space industry on large projects has limited the adaptability to smaller spacecrafts. As a result, many of the Newspace players are unable to cover their development needs and tend to seek support overseas through outsourcing and recruitment.

This webinar is addressed to EU companies operating on the space market whose potential customers or suppliers are Japanese Newspace Companies.

In 40 minutes from your desk, discover:

  • Space Policy and Main Contributors
  • Summary of the Space Regulatory rules
  • Current funding status of Newspace companies
  • Japanese SME and Startup Ecosystem


  • Introduction
  • Expert’s presentation
  • Q&A Session

Registration deadline: 27 November 2023


Speaker: Alejandro Sela, Co-Founder, JAOPS. Alejandro Fernandez Sela holds an MBA in Aerospace from EOI Madrid and has nearly two decades of experience in the Space Sector. With comprehensive expertise spanning all stages of space product development, he has successfully contributed to various aspects, ranging from initial conceptual design to decommissioning. His extensive background encompasses Operations, Marketing, Testing, and Integration.

Mr. Sela has worked with organizations such as NASA, JAXA, and ESA, where he played a pivotal role in constructing Flight hardware that is currently operational on diverse missions. His most recent engagements with multiple emerging Japanese space companies have provided him with invaluable insights into the unique challenges and obstacles faced by these firms in pursuit of their objectives.

Moderator: Sofia Smerzi, Business Support Coordinator, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Organiser: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office



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