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U.S. - Japan Joint Ventures: Problems and Prospects

Program/Project Management Resource List #48

Revised Jan. 2012

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

Japan's space program is the story of Japan's industrial rebirth in miniature. The seed was planted in 1955, when Hideo Itokawa began experimenting with solid fuelled rockets. The Japanese launched their first satellite in 1970. Fifteen years later, when Halley's Comet was swing back towrds the Sun, the Japanese sent two of the five space probes sent from Earth which met that famous visitor from the Kuiper Belt. More recently, the Japanese have sent probes to the Moon and to a minor planet, Itokawa, named after their rocketry pioneer. The Japanese are also active participants in the construction and supply of the International Space Station. This webpage serves as an introduction to the ways that Americans and Japanese can work together on projects and avoid the minefield of cultural misunderstanding. Please see International Cooperation in Space for items that generally apply to all international joint ventures in outer space. If you are a NASA HQ employee, please consider subscribing to our news alert on Asia to get the latest news.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


Berner, Steven. Japan's Space Program: A Fork in the Road?. Santa Monica, CA: RAND National Security Research Division, 2005.
TL789.8 .J3 B47 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Available online at RAND as document no. TR-184
Harvey, Brian. The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes: Two Roads Into Space. New York, NY: Springer; Chichester, UK: Published in association with Praxis Pub., 2000.
TL789.8 .J3 H37 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Uchu Kagaku Kenkyujo. JAXA Technology Change. Tokyo, Japan: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, 2009.
TL789.8 .J3 J393 2009 BOOKSTACKS


The e-books listed below are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Backman, Michael, and Charlotte Butler. Big in Asia: 25 Strategies for Business Success. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Condon, John C., and Tomoko Masumoto. With Respect to the Japanese: Going to Work in Japan. Intercultural Press, 2011.
Haghirian, Parissa. Understanding Japanese Management Practices. Business Expert Press, 2010.
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice for the 21st Century; Sadao Nagaoka, Masayuki Kondo, Kenneth Flamm, and Charles Wessner (eds.). 21st Century Innovation Systems for Japan and the United States: Lessons from a Decade of Change: Report of a Symposium. 2009.
Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice for the 21st Century, Charles W. Wessner (ed.). Innovation Policies for the 21st Century: Report of a Symposium. 2007.
Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and their Effect on U.S. National Security. S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States. 2010.

Articles and Reports

Gwynne, Peter. "US-Japan project could be model for cooperative technology development", Research Technology Management, vol. XLVI, no. 2 (March/April 2003), p. 2-4.
Hunter-Chester, David. "Muddled Dawn: The Implications of the New Administration in Japan", Military Review, Jan.- Feb. 2011, p. 13-22.
Available online through DTIC as document no. ADA535381.
Lele, Ajey. "An Asian Moon race?", Space Policy, vol. 26, no. 4 (Nov. 2010), p. 222-228.
Osman-Gani, AAhad M., and Ronald L. Jacobs. "Institutionalization of Organizational Change: A Study of HRD Interventions in Singaporean, US, Japanese, and German Companies", in: Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference, Austin, TX, March 3-7, 2004.
(ED492211 (2004) ERIC)
Suzuki, Kazuto. "A brand new space policy or just papering over a political glitch? Japan's new space law in the making", Space Policy, vol. 24, no. 4 (Nov. 2008), p. 171–174.
__________. "Transforming Japan's space policy-making", Space Policy, vol. 23, no. 2 (May 2007), p. 73–80.
Suther, George N. Conducting Japanese Negotiations: Strategic Vision and Cultural Adaptation. US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, Feb. 28, 2008.
(ADA478246: (March 2008) DTIC)
Wong, Anny, et al. Science and Technology Research and Development Capacity in Japan: Observations from Leading U.S. Researchers and Scientists. TR-211. RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA: 2004.
(TR-211-MRI: (2004) RAND)
Wong, Anny, et al. Japanese Science and Technology Capacity: Expert Opinions and Recommendations. TR-714. RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA: 2010.
(TR-211-MITSURI: (2010) RAND)

Internet Resources

Council of Science and Technology Policy. [Jan. 20, 2012]
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. 2011 [Jan. 5, 2012]
Japan-US Science, Technology, and Space Applications Program (JUSTSAP). 2011 [Jan. 5, 2012]
King, Marla. NASA Japan Representative Office. 2011 [Jan. 5, 2012]
National Institute Of Science and Technology Policy. 2011 [Jan. 18, 2012]

Last Updated: Jan. 2012