Norishige Kanai was born in 1976 in Tokyo and then brought up in Chiba. He graduated from National Defense Medical College in March 2002. After graduation, he worked at National Defense Medical College Hospital, Japan Self Defense Force Ohminato Hospital and Japan Self Defense Force Hospital Kure. After working at those hospitals, he was in Medical Service Division, 1st Service School, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force as a Lieutenant and a Diving Medical Officer.
He was selected to be an astronaut candidate by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and joined JAXA in September 2009.
Since September 2009, he has participated in about two years of Astronaut Candidate (ASCAN) Training at NASA, which includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction on the ISS systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), Robotics, physiological training, flight training using the T-38 jet trainer, and water and wilderness survival training.
He has completed all basic training requirements, thus he was certified as an ISS astronaut in July, 2011.
He is currently participating in training to improve his knowledge and techniques as an astronaut mainly at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
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