The visit will air on NASA Television, NASA app, and the agency’s website, as well as flagship Twitter and YouTube channels.

Blinken and Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa are expected to sign an agreement at NASA that will build on the nations’ commitment to the peaceful, transparent exploration of space.

Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Tomita Koji, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency President (JAXA) Yamakawa Hiroshi, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, also will be in attendance.

Media interested in attending in person must RSVP no later than 10 a.m. Jan. 13 to Faith McKie at: [email protected]. Masks are required onsite at NASA Headquarters for this event.

The signing and visit come on the heels of a November 2022 agreement by NASA and the Government of Japan outlining further contributions by Japan to Gateway, a key component of the agency’s Artemis missions for long-term lunar exploration.

Both agreements are important results of President Joe Biden’s May 2022 visit to Japan.

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Jackie McGuinness
Headquarters, Washington
[email protected]

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