Bachelor in Engineering, University Tokyo, 1978. Master in Engineering, University Tokyo, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University Tokyo, 1983.
Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, Rice University, 2004.
Research student Institute of Space & Astronautical Science, Japan, 1983—1985. National Research Council research associate National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lewis Research Center, Houston, 1985. Astronaut National Space Development Agency Japan (merged with Ist.
Space & Astronautic Science and National Aerospace Laboratory Japan, renamed JAXA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in 2003), since 1985. Payload specialist training National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1990—1992, reported to Johnson Space Center, 1995. Researcher conducting research on microgravity fluid dynamics University Colorado, 1987—1988.
Visiting scientist conducting research on microgravity fluid dynamics National Aerospace Laboratory, Japan, 1989. Backup payload specialist Spacelab Japan mission (STS-47), 1992. Project scientist International Microgravity Laboratory 2 mission (STS-65), 1994.
Mission specialist, performed 2 Extra Vehicular Activity spacewalks STS-87, United States Microgravity Payload Flight, 1997. Crew member, mission to deliver the Japanese Logistics Module and the Canadian Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator to the International Space Station (ISS) STS-123 Mission (Endeavour), 2008.
Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Japan Society Aeronautical & Space Science, Japan Society Microgravity Application.
Married Abe Hitomi.