About Me: Work
I am currently enrolled in NYU’s M.S. Program in Public Relations and Corporate Communication.
I have worked for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a Japanese governmental aerospace R&D organization, since 2000. In addition, I served as a visiting researcher at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) from 2009 to 2011. At JAXA, I worked as a PR officer for four years, and was in charge of several PR projects on rockets, satellites and manned space programs, including Japanese participation in the International Space Station. I took the position of PR strategist in 2004 a few months after the failure of a rocket launch. While JAXA was facing harsh criticism from the media and people towards the failure, I did research, formulated PR strategies and took the initiative in several campaigns applying IT to restore people’s trust. Moreover, as a spokesman, I was involved in responding to adverse publicity while managing outreach for visible projects like Kaguya lunar orbiter and Hayabusa asteroid explorer. Furthermore, I organized the “Wish upon the Moon” campaign, collecting names and messages to fly onboard Kaguya from 400,000 people from around the world, including Buzz Aldrin, a crew member of Apollo 11, and obtaining global media coverage.
About Me: Personal
I was born and grew up in Yokohama, Japan. I have been living in New York City since 2011. I spent a few months in Manhattan when I was a child. So this is my second time living in the city. In my free time, I enjoy walking with my wife, Shoko, and our miniature pinscher, Gilda. I was also a chorus member of The Metropolitan Opera.
About This Site: Exploration for Outer Space
This is my first personal site. I am interested in exploring topics concerning communications, public relations, education, and aerospace. My views here are my own, and not those of my employer. I welcome your comments, opinions and constructive dialogue.
*The header image by JAXA