Organizer: The Japan Astronomy Council Comet ISON Campaign Committee
Supporting organizations: Japan Telescope Manufacturers Association
AstroArts Inc.

Junichi Watanabe
(Vice-Director-General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Norio Kaifu
(Chairman of the Japan Astronomy Council)

Committee members:
Hidehiko Agata
(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Masaharu Ishizaki
(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Takuya Ohkawa
(JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science)

Takaaki Ozeki
(Himeji City Science Museum/Japan Public Observatory Society)

Kouji Ohnishi
(Nagano National College of Technology/Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy)

Haruki Kamiyama
(AstroArts Inc.)

Tomomi Kawasaki
(JAXA Space Education Center)

Ken Sugawara
(Kanagawa Institute of Technology Atsugi City Museum of Science for Children)

Hiroyuki Takata
(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Naohiro Takanashi
(The TENPLA Project)

Yasuhisa Tsuzuki
(Japan Telescope Manufacturers Association/Vixen Co., Ltd.)

Masaru Hirohashi
(Starlight Studio)

Takuyuki Homma
(Kyodo no mori Museum/Japan Planetarium Association)

Norio Kaifu
(Chairman of the Japan Astronomy Council)

Continuing on from the accomplishments of International Year of Astronomy 2009, the Japan Astronomy Council is an amalgamation of organizations (founded September 9, 2010) in which activities relating to astronomical research, education, promotion and amateur activities in Japan come together for the purpose of broadening understanding of astronomy and science in the community.

The Japan Astronomy Council comprises of the following 8 groups and organizations:

  • The Astronomical Society of Japan
  • National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy
  • Japan Planetarium Association (JPA)
  • Japan Public Observatory Society (JAPOS)
  • Japan Amateur Astronomers Association (JAAA)
  • Society for the preservation of starlit skies

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