|Birthplace:||Minamitama-Gun / Tokyo|
|1||STS-87||MSP||19.11. - 05.12.1997||15d 16h 34m|
|2||STS-123||MSP||11.03. - 27.03.2008||15d 18h 11m|
|Total||31d 10h 45m|
Bachelor of engineering and master of science in aeronautics from University of Tokyo, 1978 and 1980, respectively; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from University of Tokyo, 1983; Ph.D. in astronomy from Rice University, 2004; hobbies: Tennis, flying, soaring, jogging, soccer and observing stars as an amateur astronomer; was selected as backup for STS-47; retired from NASA on June 30, 2009 and from JAXA on September 18, 2009 to become a U.N. section chief.
Last update on September 17, 2009.