Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
1942 – Born on the 22nd of July in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.
1967 – 1971 – He became a reporter for the Japanese TV company TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), and also worked for the BBC World Service.
1989 – He was selected for cosmonaut training on 17th of August.
1990 – He was the first Japanese citizen in space.
– He became Deputy Director of Tokyo Broadcasting System in News Division, after his successful spaceflight.
– Best known for his trip to the Mir space station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
1995 – He resigned from Tokyo Broadcasting System to pursue private interests.