Japan recruits first new astronauts in 13 years

It is a small step for Japan, but a great opportunity for applicants since the country is recruiting new astronauts for the first time in more than a decade and applicants no longer need a scientific degree.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) He declared encouraging women to come forward, since the country’s seven current astronauts are men.

The selected candidates, who they must be japanese, they will be trained and sent on missions, potentially to the Moon, the Lunar Portal or the International Space Station.

We want to establish a (recruiting) system that is fit for the current era, ”said Kazuyoshi Kawasaki of JAXA in a media briefing. “

Before we limited the candidates to those who had a degree in Natural Sciences, but many of us agreed that it is not a necessary requirement ”.

However, the written exams will include college-level questions on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and applicants’ level of English will also be assessed.

JAXA indicated that it will accept applications between December 20 and March 4.

It is the first time than japan seeks novice astronauts in 13 years and, this time, aims to recruit “some” with at least three years of work experience.

There is no age limit or gender quotas, and the agency lowered the height requirement to 149.5 centimeters.