November 18, 2022 – NASA and the Government of Japan on November 17 announced further contributions by Japan to Gateway, a key component of the agency’s Artemis missions for long-term lunar exploration. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson participated virtually from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in an event held in Tokyo that included Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Keiko Nagaoka, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel. Under the Gateway Implementing Arrangement, NASA will provide an opportunity for a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut to serve as a Gateway crew member on a future Artemis mission. This formally represents the first commitment by the U.S. to fly a Japanese astronaut beyond low-Earth orbit aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. In addition to the Gateway arrangement, Minister Nagaoka announced Japan’s commitment to participate in the International Space Station Program through 2030, the first international partner to join the United States in formally committing to space station operations through 2030.