Takao Doi Status: Retired 9/18/1954 – Nationality: Japanese Type: Government First Flight: 11/19/1997 Last Flight: 3/11/2008 Takao Doi (土井 隆雄 Doi Takao, born September 18, 1954) is a Japanese astronaut and veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions. Doi flew as a mission specialist aboard STS-87 in 1997, during which he became the first Japanese astronaut to conduct a spacewalk. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – JPN The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is Japan’s national aero-space agency. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions, such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon. JAXA launch their Epsilon vehicle from the Uchinoura Space Center and their H-II vehicles from the Tanegashima Space Center.