Soichi Noguchi

(c) JAXA/NASA
(c) JAXA/NASA

JAXA Astronaut

Born IN 1965 in Yokohama, Kanagawa. In 2005, Noguchi joined a mission with the space shuttle Discovery during which the shuttle docked with the International Space Station and he conducted three extravehicular activities as a lead spacewalker. In 2009 he was launched to the ISS aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. He spent five-and-a-half months aboard the ISS as a flight engineer for the 22/23 mission expedition and operated the robotic arm of Japan's KIBO module, as well as conducting scientific experiments. Later this year, he will return to the ISS for a long-term assignment as flight engineer.

“I am delighted to have been appointed Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Space Ambassador. The flame is a symbol of peace and hope, and I am looking forward to sending messages of peace from the ISS and cheering on those participating in the Torch Relay. I believe that the light of the flame will encapsulate the "power of recovery" emanating from Japan's recent natural disasters, as well as the "tolerance" that allows us to accept diversity and the "dynamism" uniting local communities in a global festival, and that it will herald the sunrise of a new generation. To everyone in Japan, I say please join with us astronauts and help create a road of hope illuminated by flame.”