Indra Mani Pandey led Indian delegation at first-ever India-Japan Space Dialogue in New Delhi
On 8th March 2019 , the first-ever India-Japan Space Dialogue was held in New Delhi that brought together outer space related ministries and agencies in two countries. The dialogue provided an opportunity to exchange information on the space policy of each country and to hold discussions on space security, bilateral cooperation between JAXA-ISRO. The space agencies Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) focused on Surveillance and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) of the waters in the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. The space industries of both the countries also focused on global navigation satellite system, space situational awareness (SSA), space security and space-related norms. The Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs in Ministry of External Affairs, Indra Mani Pandey. The Japanese delegation was co-led by Deputy Assistant Minister in Foreign Policy Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Kansuke Nagaoka and Director General of National Space Policy Secretariat in Cabinet Office Shuzo Takada.