Dr Saku Tsuneta became Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in April 2018. He was previously the Director General of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Vice-President of JAXA from April 2013 to March 2018. NAOJ has been involved in a number of projects key to breakthroughs in astronomy over the years. 'NAOJ has produced many outstanding accomplishments that have contributed greatly to the field of astronomy, and is recognised both at home and abroad as a world leading research institute,' Tsuneta explains. 'In order to make this success sustainable and progressive, I have stressed since I assumed the position of Director General on 1 April 2018, that we must apply our full strength to large projects, first and foremost the realisation of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. Looking beyond TMT, we will continue to tackle projects, which are too large for any one university (or even too large for any one country). In addition, NAOJ has had great success with space-borne instruments, such as Hinode, which has observed the Sun with very high spatial resolution continuously for over a decade. I'd like to see NAOJ involved in more space missions in the near future based on our heritage in advanced technologies on the ground and in space. We can only proceed to cutting-edge space instrumentation after we have proven the technology on the ground.'