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Toastmasters International District 76 presents the Communication and Leadership Award of 2016

 Tomohide Ohshima
Communication and Leadership Award Committee Chair, 2016

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)

Astronaut Koichi WAKATA(Dr.Eng.)

 Toastmasters International District 76 presents the Communication and Leadership Award of 2016 to JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata (Dr. Eng.).
 He has achieved many great objectives in space research, experiments, engineering and assembly of space station since he flew as the first Japanese Mission Specialist of space shuttle STS-72 in 1996. Also, he became the first Japanese International Space Station (ISS) Commander in ISS Expedition 39 in 2014.
 To accomplish any missions in space is very hard, and as such a commander or leader must build a great relationship with his team members to achieve the mission goals. His success is a marvelous result of his achievements due to his exceptional capability of interactive communication crossing borders of ethnicity, language, distance, and time.
 He values the importance of communication and leadership by integrating individual achievements within the team, showing appreciation to his members and supporters, and taking into consideration their feelings and opinions. He demonstrates what an ideal leader does by being a true role model in space exploration and development.
 In recognition of his efforts and remarkable achievements, Toastmasters International District 76 is pleased to present the most prestigious honor within our organization, the Communication and Leadership Award, to the prominent astronaut and the distinguished leader, Koichi Wakata.

 From April 1989 to May 1992, Dr. Wakata worked as an aircraft structural engineer for Japan Airlines.
 In April 1992, Dr. Wakata was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, currently Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). 
  In January, 1996, Dr. Wakata flew as the first Japanese Mission Specialist on STS-72 and performed several tasks including robotics operations for the retrieval of the Japanese Space Flyer Unit satellite (launched by a Japanese H-II rocket in March 1995), for the deployment and retrieval of the NASA OAST Flyer satellite, and for the support of the spacewalks.
 From November 7, 2013 to May 14, 2014 (Japan time), Dr. Wakata flew on his fourth spaceflight and served as a Flight Engineer on Soyuz TMA-11M and ISS Expedition 38 before he assumed command of ISS Expedition 39 on March 9, 2014 and became the first Japanese ISS Commander.
  In April 2016, Dr. Wakata was named as the JAXA ISS Program Manager.

Communication & Leadership Award

  This award is presented annually by District 76 to a speaker or a communicator in our society who is not a member of Toastmasters, but who is highly influential in the areas of communication and leadership.

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