Dr. Lena Okajima
Doctorate of Science, Astronomy, School of Science, the University of Tokyo
Bachelor's Degree, Astronomy, School of Science, the University of Tokyo
Established a science and entertainment company as CEO while attending university.
Launched game and industry-academia partnership services. Selected as a member of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) open lab.
After graduation, worked in bond investment and private equity at Goldman Sachs.
Founder and director of a consulting company specializing in developing countries since 2009.
Founded ALE Co., Ltd. in September 2011.
Current CEO of ALE Co., Ltd.
Wouldn't it be nice to watch shooting stars whenever and wherever you like, with the people you love? This project started from that simple desire.
But there is something more to our goal to make shooting stars into a form of entertainment.
When I was in middle school, I dreamed of becoming an astrophysicist. Unfortunately, I did not choose a career in research, but instead I found a new theme for my life - contributing to the development of science by connecting science and society.
While in college, I learned that astronomy in Japan is supported by large amounts of government assistance. By pouring large amounts of public funds into the creation of enormous equipments, we can aim to fly further into space, and conduct more accurate experiments and observations. This is the current state of Japanese astronomy.
It's certainly true that this approach has led to numerous discoveries, and large space programs are a common phenomenon in many countries.
However, I thought I'd try a less conventional approach, specifically one which centers on the private sector with a business model that could guarantee stable financial resources, and then contribute to the advancement of astronomy. This shooting star project is the result of that approach.
This type of project is new in the sense in that it mixes astronomy and the entertainment business. These shooting stars that are born through science function as a high-profit entertainment business, and the resulting funds will serve to further advance fundamental scientific research.
I'm very excited about this project, not only because it will turn my childhood dream into a reality, but also because it can contribute to fundamental scientific research in a new form without relying on public funds and donations.