Akiyama, Tokohiro (1944–)
The first Japanese in orbit and the first fee-paying space passenger. A reporter for the TBS television station, Akiyama flew to the Mir space station in 1992 after his employer stumped up the cost of his ride – $12 million. Alongside him was to have been a TBS colleague, camera-woman Ryoko Kikuchi, but her spaceflight ambitions were dashed when she was rushed to hospital before the flight for an emergency appendectomy. See also space tourism.
Related categories• ASTRONAUTS AND COSMONAUTS
• JAPAN IN SPACE
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