ispace Announces New Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members

30 Jun, 2023

ispace Welcomes 2 Audit & Supervisory Board Members to Further Strengthen its Corporate Governance Structure

TOKYO – June 30, 2023 – ispace, inc. (“ispace”) announced that, Founder & CEO Takeshi Hakamada was reappointed as Representative Director and CFO Jumpei Nozaki as Director, at the 13th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 28, 2023.

Representative Director: Takeshi Hakamada, Founder & CEO

Director: Jumpei Nozaki, CFO

In addition, the following six individuals were reappointed as External Directors on the same date.

External Director: Tohru Akaura, General Partner & Co-Founder, Incubate Fund KK

External Director: Koichi Kawana, President and Representative Director, Lublyst Inc.

External Director: Takashi Kuwauchi, Representative Director, jinjer Co., Ltd.

External Director: Kazuko Nakada, Representative Director, actuali inc.

External Director: Kojiro Hatada, President and CEO, Innovative Space Carrier Inc.

External Director: Takashi Makino, Advisor, IHI Corporation

Yuji Inoue and Yoshihide Todoroki will continue to serve as Audit & Supervisory Board Members of ispace. As Nozomi Oda, who had served as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member, resigned her position on the same date, Agasa Naito and Maki Setogawa were newly appointed as Audit & Supervisory Board Members.

Standing Audit & Supervisory Board Member: Yuji Inoue

External Audit & Supervisory Member: Yoshihide Todoroki, CPA, TODOROKI Accounting Firm

External Audit & Supervisory Member: Agasa Naito, Partner, Tanabe & Partners

Substitute Audit & Supervisory Member: Maki Setogawa, Blakemore & Mitsuki

Ms. Agasa Naito and Ms. Maki Setogawa have extensive knowledge in the field of corporate legal affairs based on their experience in various private companies, in addition to their specialized knowledge as lawyers, and will contribute to the establishment of a strong governance and management system for ispace.

ispace is currently working Mission 2 and Mission 3, with development ongoing for each mission.

“I intend to use the knowledge I have cultivated as a legal expert and my experience as an outside officer at other companies to do my utmost to audit the company,” said Agasa Naito, newly appointed External Audit & Supervisory Member. “With the protection of shareholders in mind, I will strive to build and strengthen governance and internal control systems from a fair and objective perspective as an independent officer. Meanwhile, I would like to contribute to the improvement of our corporate value and sustainable growth by valuing balance and sharpness so as not to impair the mobility and speed of our business.”

Agasa Naito


October 2001Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (to May, 2011)
May 2007New York University, School of Law (LL.M.)
May 2008Admitted to The State of New York Bar Association
June 2011Tanabe & Partners
April 2013Partner, at Tanabe & Partners (to the present)
June 2015Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member of BOOKOFF Corporation Limited (to June, 2019)
October 2018Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member of BOOKOFF GROUP HOLDINGS Limited (to August, 2021)
June 2020External Director / Independent Officer of Nitto Boseki Co., Ltd (to the present)
August 2021Independent Outside Director (Audit and Supervisory Committee Member) of BOOKOFF GROUP HOLDINGS Limited (to the present)
March 2022The University of Tokyo, Executive Management Program (certified)
June 2022Supervisory Director of GLP J-REIT (to the present)
April 2023Research Ethics Review Board Member of The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research (to the present)

About ispace, inc.

ispace, a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our Planet. Expand our Future.”, specializes in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon.

ispace has offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States with more than 200 employees worldwide. ispace technologies U.S., inc. is part of a team led by The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., which was awarded a NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Program contract to land on the far side of the Moon by 2025 (as of June 2023). Both ispace, and ispace EUROPE S.A. (ispace EU) were awarded contracts to collect and transfer ownership of lunar regolith to NASA, and ispace EU was selected by ESA to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a program which seeks to extract water on the Moon.

Established in 2010, ispace operated “HAKUTO” which was one of five finalist teams in the Google Lunar XPRIZE race. ispace’s first mission, part of its HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program, launched on Dec. 11, 2022, from the United States on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and completed 8 of 10 mission milestones. Subsequent missions are in development with launches expected in 2024 and 2025. ispace has also launched a lunar data business concept to support new customers as a gateway to conduct business on the Moon.

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