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After three decades, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is moving to the private sector

Koichi Wakata, who led Japan’s human spaceflight activities for more than three decades and completed five space flights, including his role as commander of the International Space Station, retired from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at the end of March.

True to his commitment to “lifelong active service,” Wakata, 60, became chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region at American space startup Axiom Space in April.

In addition to sharing his extensive experience with the private sector, Wakata also aims to make his sixth spaceflight as an astronaut with Axiom Space.

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