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Norishige Kanai

JAXA Astronaut, Japan

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Norishige Kanai was born in December 1976 in Tokyo and then brought up in Chiba.

EDUCATION:
In March 2002 he graduated from National Defence Medical College. Received a doctors degree (medicine).

WORK EXPERIENCE:
He served at National Defence Medical College Hospital, Japan Self Defense Force Ohminato Hospital and Japan Self Defense Force Hospital Kure.
From June to September 2009 he served in Medical Service Division of the 1st Service School of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Norishige Kanai was qualified as a Diving Medical Officer.
He was selected to be an astronaut candidate by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on September 8, 2009. On September 12, 2009 Norishige Kanai was taken on the JAXA staff.
He was sent to pass general space training together with astronauts of the 20-th NASA selection to Johnson Space Center upon completion of which on July 25, 2011 Norishige Kanai was qualified as the ISS astronaut.
From July 11, 2015 he as a crewmember together with NASA astronaut Serena Aunon, engineer David Coan and ESA astronaut crew commander Luca Parmitano participated in a two-week expedition NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-20) in the Aquarius Undersea Lab near Key Largo, Florida.
On August 26, 2015 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported that he was appointed flight engineer of the ISS-54/55.
On February 1-3, 2016 Norishige Kanai together with Sergei Riazansky and Randolph Bresnik passed training to take actions in case of the emergency landing in the wooded-marshy area in winter and on June 24-28, 2016 for water survival.

On May 6, 2016 his appointment to the prime crew of the Soyuz MS-07 vehicle was confirmed in press release, NASA, No.16-047.
On June 24-28, 2016 Norishige Kanai together Sergei Ryazansky and Randolph Bresnik passed training in water survival. On June 24 the crew performed tasks of the so-called dry training, on June 27 a long training and on June 28 a short training.
On July 28, 2017 during the launch of the Soyuz MS-05 MTV he was a backup of the vehicle flight engineer.

December 2017.
Based on the data of sites www.astronaut.ru and www.iss.jaxa.jp.