Photographs of U.S. President Barack Obama's Visit to Miraikan
On April 24, 2014, our Chief Executive Director, Mamoru Mohri, welcomed the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to Miraikan. Photographs of this tour have now been released.
The President watched a video message from Koichi Wakata, commander of the International Space Station.
After that, Mr. Mohri guided him around Miraikan's symbolic exhibition titled "Geo-Cosmos."
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi also met the President and explained the most recent data obtained by the satellites under Japan-U.S. cooperation, using a display at the Geo-Cosmos exhibition.
ASIMO welcomed the President and the President responded with a Japanese-style greeting. The President also trapped a ball kicked by ASIMO.
President Barack Obama gave a speech to students. He mentioned that Japan and the U.S. have led innovative science technologies that underpin the global economy. The President cheered the young students up, saying "Ganbatte kudasai (try your best)," expressing his hope that their power of imagination will contribute to the solution of global problems.
The speech by President Barack Obama is available below.
[Video by the U.S. embassy] English only