Space man

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, left, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station, presents a memorial flight panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a courtesy call at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo on Thursday.

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    turbotsat

    Kudos to Mr. Wakata.

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    japan4life

    Space Man and Spaced-Out Man.

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Astronaut and space cadet.

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    FPSRussia

    Please take this space cadet up there with you and send him out of the air lock. Attach a harness to him so we can see him drift about until he looks down at Japan to how much damage the Fukushima meltdown caused. Maybe then he'll forget about turning on those nuclear power plants.

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    MissingCylonModel

    Where is his little robotic assistant / coworker?

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    davestrousers

    Don't forget to thank the Russians for getting you up there.

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    kwatt

    It seems that the US, Russia and China would never get along for each other. The US is democracy, Russia is socialism and China is communist. Should not count on each other.

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    HongoTAFEinmate

    While I appreciate that Russia is persona non-grata at the current time, this panel is a bit much. With the prominent Japanese flag you would think that Japan had got its own astronaut into orbit.

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    kiwi07

    The display of models is at least relatively representative. They have the Russian Soyuz craft that got them up there, the ISS itself, and the Japanese Kibo unit that was the addition Japan provided to the ISS (although it needed the shuttles to get it there, the only model left out).

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    FightingViking

    Just as I always thought... Abé-san is really "dans la lune"...

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    Tessa

    While I appreciate that Russia is persona non-grata at the current time, this panel is a bit much. With the prominent Japanese flag you would think that Japan had got its own astronaut into orbit.

    It's always like that! Half of the Japanese people I know think that the first man on the moon was Japanese!

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    Hide Suzuki

    "Half of the Japanese people I know think that the first man on the moon was Japanese!"

    i have never heard a more obvious lie LOL

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