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Koichi Wakata: The First Japanese Captain of the ISS

This video "Koichi Wakata: Proud to Be the First Japanese Captain of the ISS! (14/03/10)" (日本人初!若田さんISS船長に「和の心を大切に」(14/03/10))" is brought to you by ANNnewsCH. It introduces Dr. Koichi Wakata, who has become the first Japanese captain of the International Space Station (ISS).

JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata has accomplished the spectacular feat of becoming the 39th captain of the ISS.
A special ceremony was held in the Japanese Experiment Module (日本実験棟, nipponjikkentou) "Kibo" (きぼう).
The ceremony is normally held in the American Experiment Module, however as this is the first time a Japanese astronaut has assumed the position of captain, on this occasion the ceremony was held in the Japanese Experiment Module.
You can watch the ceremony in the video from 0:23.
During the ceremony, Koichi Wakata talks of how he is proud to be the first Japanese captain of the ISS and is looking forward to working with everyone.
The right to command was passed on to Koichi Wakata from the previous captain of the ISS Oleg Kotov.
Koichi Wakata was captain of the ISS for a total of 2 months until his return home to Japan.

More About Koichi Wakata: The First Japanese Captain of the ISS

Koichi Wakata was born in Omiya city, Saitama prefecture and is an astronaut working for JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency).
He has a Doctorates in Engineering and has been awarded the Kikuchi Kan Prize (菊池寛賞, kikuchikanshou).

He graduated from Kyushu University (九州大学大学院, kyuushuudaigaku daigakuin) in March, 1989 and proceeded to work for Japan Airlines, also known as JAL.
He was selected for the position of mission specialist for the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in April 1992 and in January 1996 was the first Japanese mission specialist to take part in the STS-72 mission of the Space Shuttle Endevour.
He mastered the difficult task of learning to control a robotic arm and succeeded in the retrieval of the SFU (Space Flyer Unit).
He has completed four missions in space to date, including flights in American NASA space shuttles and Russian Roscosmos spacecraft.

Koichi Wakata also made news after broadcasting videos of fun experiments performed in space, inviting viewers to send in their experiment ideas.
In an effort to get children more interested in space, he performed various actions inside the space station such as folding clothes or arm wrestling the other astronauts.

More About Koichi Wakata's Role Aboard the ISS

Below are a list of the tasks performed by Koichi Wakata as commander of the ISS:

1. Manage the crew and lead them to success in their missions.
2. Handle any emergencies that may arise such as fires or gas leaks and give directions as the leader of the crew.
3. Have a good grasp of the crew members' health conditions and work situations.
4. Summarizing adjustments to the work schedule with ground control.
Not only does the job require good management skills but a high level of interpersonal skills are also necessary.

Summary of Koichi Wakata

Koichi Wakata currently works as the director of JAXA and is busy holding lectures and other events across the country.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the first Japanese captain of the ISS, Koichi Wakata.
We look forward to hearing about more of his endeavors in the future!

【Official Website】Jaxa Astronaut Koichi Wakata, Space Station, Kibo, Information Center

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Last Updated : Sep. 15, 2020
山本 孝(Takashi Yamamoto)
I've been a writer for seven years. I write articles on travel, food, and history.

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