Born in 1968 in Tokyo. In 2008, he flew to the ISS on the STS-124 mission and installed Japan's KIBO pressurised module. In 2012, he stayed on the ISS as a flight engineer for the 32/33 mission expedition, conducting scientific experiments in the KIBO module and other parts of the ISS, while also undertaking three extravehicular activity excursions. In 2020 he will return to the ISS as commander.
“I am glad to have been appointed Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Space Ambassador. When I heard about this opportunity I felt very honoured and I realised how much closer the Tokyo 2020 Games are getting. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are great events involving top athletes from all over the world striving to win, to achieve a world record or achieve a personal best with the support of their team. Astronaut Soichi and I look forward to engaging with the torch relay as it delivers the flame to the opening ceremony and helps to connect everyone's hopes for the future.”