JAXA Astronaut Selection Attracts More Than 4,000 Applicants

JAXA astronaut Sochi Noguchi is pictured inside the newly arrived upgraded SpaceX Cargo Dragon vehicle on December 7, 2020. Safety goggles and masks are required when a crew member opens the hatch and enters a new spacecraft for the first time due to dust and debris that may have been dislodged during the ascent to space. (Credits: NASA)

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is a new candidate for Japanese astronauts assuming activities on the International Space Station (ISS), the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”, the lunar manned base “Gateway”, and the lunar surface. The deadline for recruitment is noon on Monday, April 4, 2022. We are pleased to inform you that we have received the final application as shown below.

Total number of applications: 4,127

Reference

  • The total number of applications is the highest ever (about 4.3 times the previous highest of 963)
  • 3,204 males (77.6%), 919 females (22.3%), and 4 other selected people (0.1%)

Future Plans

The 0th selection English test will be held on May 8th (Sunday), and only those who have passed the English test will be held a general liberal arts test on May 29th (Sunday). Please see the application guidelines for the schedule after the first selection. https://astro-mission.jaxa.jp/astro_selection/item/Application.pdf

Breakdown of recruitment results by astronaut candidate by age group

Applications by Age GroupNumberPercent
20s or younger811(19.7%)
30s1,850(44.8%)
40s973(23.6%)
50s424(10.3%)
60s and over69(1.7%)
Total:4,127 people100%

* Since the composition ratio is rounded to the first decimal place, the total is not necessarily 100.

Past Astronaut Candidate Recruitment Results

Recruitments1st2nd3rd4th5th
Selected AstronautsMamoru Mohri
Chiaki Mukai
Takao Doi
Koichi WakataSoichi NoguchiSatoshi Furukawa
Akihiko Hoshide
Naoko Yamazaki
Kimiya Yui
Takuya Onishi
Norishige Kanai
Recruitment PeriodDec. 1, 1983 – Jan. 31, 1984July 1, 1991 – Aug. 1, 1991Sept. 1, 1995 – Oct. 20, 1995Feb. 9, 1998 – April 30, 1998April 1, 2008 – June 20, 2008
Number of Applicants533372572864963
By Age
Under 30
30-40
41 & over

196 (37%)
270 (51%)
67 (13%)

226 (61%)
144 (39%)
2 (1%)

192 (34%)
361 (63%)
19 (3%)

244 (28%)
588 (68%)
32 (4%)

183 (19%)
651 (68%)
129 (13%)