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www.nasa.gov STS-131 will mark the first time two astronauts from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are in space together. Mission Specialist Naoko Yamazaki and Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi will meet up aboard the ISS. Naoko Yamazaki: "This is a very big step for Japan. Of course, for American astronauts, it is usual. However, for the Japanese astronaut, it is a first time to get together in space, and Soichi and I are scheduled to do several tasks together like experimental rack transfer and installation on the space station, so we are looking forward to working with each other, and we are also looking forward to sharing some Japanese cultures among the crew members."