2004

In February, the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mr Kenzo Oshima, was a special guest at a dinner to celebrate 15 years of cooperation between Japan and Questacon. The Ambassador highlighted 2006 (the year marking the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation) and 2008 (the year marking the 20th anniversary of Questacon as Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre). The Ambassador saw these years as particularly appropriate times for further significant Japanese cooperation with Questacon.

In May, Questacon Director, Professor Graham Durant visited Japan for meetings with Mr Masamine Sasaki, Director General of The National Science Museum and Dr Mohri, Executive Director of Miraikan, to discuss opportunities for ongoing cooperation under the terms of the Friendship Agreement and MOU respectively.

In October, Mr Brian Fletcher, from Questacon, visited Miraikan to provide briefing about one of Questacon's national touring programs, Questacon Smart Moves. While in Japan, Mr Fletcher also visited The National Science Museum.

In December, Questacon contributed to the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum, co-hosted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). This forum promoted further cooperation in practical applications of space technology, as well as in education and awareness about regional space programs. A forum The use of space for the good of humanity was held at Questacon. The forum featured a satellite link to Dr Mohri and students at Miraikan.