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It all started as a dream. Many years later, it began to take shape.

Learn how Aero Zypangu Project was established and the journey we took to reach where we are now.

Jan 20, 2005
It all started from here

This is the day when Shinji became a one-eyed Japanese pilot.



The First Step

Shinji started giving an inspirational speech in 2008. The speech was also held in his old school, Japan Aviation High School. Now, this inspirational speech has become one of the Aero Zypangu Project’s primary activities and we have reached out to over 5000 people.


He knew what he had to do

While Shinji continues delivering his speech during the past 7 years, he realized many young people and adults weren’t motivated and passionate about their life and future. As it was the same feeling that he had when he was in college after his tragic accident, he knew it would be his mission to help those people.


The official start of Aero Zypangu Project

He first talked to Ms. Eriko Baxter, an excellent lawyer at Baxter Law International PLLC, and established Aero Zypangu Project, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Ever since then,  Ms. Baxter has been our right hand and a great supporter as our pro bono lawyer.

We carried on and have been actively working on our mission for years

Since 2008, AZP keeps teaching people the joy of living and how fun and difficult it is to challenge ourselves and make our dreams come true. This message we deliver has never changed and will never change.

He named his airplane Lucy, just so she can fly with him

Shinji had a Labrador Retriever who lost one of her legs because of cancer. Her name was Lucy. She was so energetic that she always dragged Shinji out of bed, asked him to play with her, and even run faster than any other healthy dog. She lived every moment with all her energy… so Shinji named his airplane “Lucy.”