On behalf of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan, and the Local Organizing Committee of the 3rd Asia-Oceania Space Weather Alliance (AOSWA), I would like to express my sincere gratitude to distinguished guests and colleagues from Asia and Oceania as well as global research community, and welcome you to the AOSWA Workshop in Fukuoka, Japan on March 2-5, 2015.
This workshop is to face the challenges of the space environment management that could impact the public. Space situational awareness, or Space Weather, has become significant for governments and commercial organizations throughout the world in regards to their safe investments not only in outer space but also on the ground. Consequently, research activities and forecasting of Space Weather are rapidly gaining its importance. I hope that this workshop will help overcome the problems in this sphere that threaten the economy and national security of each country.
It is an undeserved honor for me to chair the workshop, and it is also personally important to participate in it, because I myself was a Space Weather researcher and forecaster back in the 1980s when NICT was once called Radio Research Laboratory.
As we look to the future, our collaboration will make an impact to the research community not only in Asia and Oceania but around the globe, and usher in a new degree of safety, security and stability of the space environment that all humanity will enjoy in the near future.
Fumihiko “Tom” Tomita, Ph.D. Sci.
Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Vice President and Member of the Board
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
And General Chair of the 3rd AOSWA Workshop