JAXA Winnows Down Astronaut Candidates to Fewer Than 2,300

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has examined the application documents submitted by 4,127 applicants for astronaut candidate recruitment, and as a result, the following document selection passers have been determined.

Number of successful applicants for document selection: 2,266


  • 1,778 male (78.5%)
  • 485 female (21.4%),
  • 3 other (0.1%)

Breakdown of Astronaut Candidates by Age Group Who Passed Document Selection

Age GroupSuccessful Applicants (Document Selection)Total Applicants
20s or younger483 (21.3%)811 (19.7%)
30s1,084 (47.8%)1,850 (44.8%)
40s513 (22.6%)973 (23.6%)
50s163 (7.2%)424 (10.3%)
60s and over23 (1.0%)69 (1.7%)
* Since the composition ratio is rounded to the first decimal place, the total is not necessarily 100.

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). Both will be carried out online.