Editor’s note: These brief extracts are paraphrased from live webcast and may not be fully correct.            

 JAXA’s ISS Utilisation Strategy
             Makato Asashima, AIST/Japan

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  • JAXA’s Kibo research module projects will focus on life science, space medicine and physical/chemical science.
  • Life sciences on Kibo will research life from small to large progressively: from cellular research to microbes to vertebrates to mammals to humans by 2020. 
  • Space medicine will focus on research to improve health care technology.
  • Long term targets for chemical science are to contribute to new combustion systems and the science of bubbles, droplets and films.
  • Short term targets include researching soft materials of benefit for Earth.
  • An announcement of opportunity was announced and research will be chosen based on utilisation objectives.