Episode 23

Published on:

30th Jan 2023

A new frontier of collaboration, Japan and NZ in space together with Professor G. Aglietti

New Zealand has a burgeoning space industry and in this episode with Dr Aglietti, Director of the Space Institute, Te Pūnaha Ātea, at the University of Auckland, we find out how New Zealand actually has a lot of the goods to be a great collaborative partner in space ventures. Dr Aglietti also recently travelled to Japan to attend the JNZBC conference in Beppu so make sure you listen for Catherine and Jayne’s tips for launching your first mission to Japan. 

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How internationally recognised is New Zealand’s space industry really is
  • The collaborations planned between Japan and New Zealand for the future
  • How does one really take a hot spring bath in Japan?
  • What do you need to bring with you when come to a conference or business trip in Japan (spoiler alert - paper business cards are still a thing!)

About Professor G Aglietti

Professor G Aglietti is an internationally leading expert in space engineering with over 30 years’ experience in the space engineering, ranging from industrial work (mechanical design, analysis, and testing, of a range of structures from modules for the ISS, to payloads for the space shuttle, to subsystems & satellites with the companies SSTL & AIRBUS) to research and teaching in aerospace subjects. His career started in Industry working at the Columbus module of the international space station. He then worked at the European Space Agency and subsequently moved to the UK where his work spanned from academic research & teaching to consultancy for industry, covering both theoretical work and experimental activities.

Awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Space Engineering, became Director of the Surrey Space Centre. Principal investigator of pioneering missions for technology demonstrations like active removal of space debris, his work has been presented at leading international conferences, giving keynote lectures and featured on various media outlets and is described in over 250 publications.

In 2019, he moved to NZ to lead the Space Institute at the University of Auckland, with the mandate to establish research and educational activities to support the development of the local space sector.

Connect with Professor G Aglietti

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/guglielmo-s-aglietti-a539049/ 

Website: https://space.auckland.ac.nz/ 

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Jandals in Japan
Bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun
The best show about New Zealanders doing business in Japan, bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun
How do you build a brand in Japan and nurture a loyal customer base?
What do you need to have in your tool belt if you are thinking of coming to Japan to launch a business here?
Japan is often considered to be in the "too hard" basket but we are here to open up the black box of doing business in Japan.
We will share stories from successful Kiwis selling their products and services here in Japan.
They'll tell you their tips for success and pitfalls to avoid.
They'll share their challenges and what they did to overcome them.
They will tell you things you can't find in textbooks or on the internet.
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About your hosts

Jayne Nakata

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Jayne Nakata is a Southland girl who arrived in Japan in 2002, planning to stay just two years. 20 years later she is still living in Fukushima Prefecture with her Japanese husband and two children. When the triple disaster hit in 2011, Jayne made the commitment to stay in Fukushima and contribute to rebuilding the area. She is the host of the award winning podcast Transformations with Jayne, which is a favourite with international women living in Japan. She is also the double award winning podcast producer and manager for PodLaunch with Jayne.

Catherine O’Connell

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Originally from Christchurch, Catherine O'Connell has lived in Japan since 2002. Catherine has over 20 years working at brand-name Japanese corporations as legal counsel. In 2018, Catherine launched her own boutique law firm in Tokyo, which has become become a multi-award-winning business. She is Vice Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Audit & Supervisory Board Member at TOYOTA Motor Corporation & FUJITSU Limited. As well as the Jandals in Japan Podcast, she hosts the award-winning Lawyer on Air Podcast.