Famous Astronauts from Japan

List of notable or famous astronauts from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top astronauts born in Japan and even some popular astronauts who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese astronauts then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronauts are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronaut from Japan is included when available.

List ranges from Koichi Wakata to Chiaki Mukai, plus much more.

This historic astronauts from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese astronauts of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronauts from Japan?" These prominent astronauts of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese astronauts.

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  • Akihiko Hoshide
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    Akihiko Hoshide (星出 彰彦, Hoshide Akihiko, born December 28, 1968) is a Japanese engineer and JAXA astronaut. On August 30, 2012, Hoshide became the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Setagaya, Japan
  • Chiaki Mukai
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    Chiaki Mukai (向井 千秋, Mukai Chiaki, born May 6, 1952, Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan) is a Japanese physician and JAXA astronaut. She was the first Japanese woman in space, and was the first Japanese citizen to have two spaceflights. Both were Space Shuttle missions; her first was STS-65 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1994, which was a Spacelab mission. Her second spaceflight was STS-95 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998. In total she has spent 23 days in space. Mukai was selected to be an astronaut by Japanese national space agency NASDA (now called JAXA) in 1985. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Keio University, the oldest ...more
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Tatebayashi, Japan
  • Koichi Wakata
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    Koichi Wakata (若田 光一, Wakata Kōichi, born 1 August 1963) is a Japanese engineer and a JAXA astronaut. Wakata is a veteran of four NASA Space Shuttle missions, a Russian Soyuz mission, and a long-duration stay on the International Space Station. During a nearly two-decade career in spaceflight, he has logged more than eleven months in space. During Expedition 39, he became the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station. Wakata flew on the Soyuz TMA-11M/Expedition 38/Expedition 39 long duration spaceflight from 7 November 2013 to 13 May 2014. During this spaceflight he was accompanied by Kirobo, the first humanoid robot astronaut.
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Ōmiya, Saitama
  • Mamoru Mohri
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    Mamoru “Mark” Mohri (毛利 衛, Mōri Mamoru, born 29 January 1948), AM is a Japanese scientist, a former NASDA astronaut, and a veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions.
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Yoichi, Japan
  • Naoko Yamazaki
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    Naoko Yamazaki (山崎 直子, Yamazaki Naoko, born December 27, 1970) is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, and the second Japanese woman to qualify for the program. The first was Chiaki Mukai.
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Matsudo, Japan
  • Satoshi Furukawa
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    Satoshi Furukawa (古川 聡, Furukawa Satoshi, born April 4, 1964) is a Japanese surgeon and JAXA astronaut. Furukawa was assigned to the International Space Station as a flight engineer on long-duration missions Expedition 28/29, lifting off 7 June 2011 and returning 22 November 2011.
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan