Happy birthday, Toyohiro Akiyama, first Japanese in space
Toyohiro Akiyama, born in June 22, 1942 Tokyo, Japan, is the first person of Japanese descent to travel into space. He flew aboard Soyuz TM-11, launched December 2, 1990 and spent almost 8 days in space, giving live reports daily from Mir. He returned to Earth on Soyuz TM-10 December 10.
Unfortunately, Akiyama had to evacuate his farm which was affected by the Fukushima disaster in 2011.