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Special Lecture
oct.30 (JST)
Standup Comedian Saku Yanagawa
10/31/2021 (Sat.) 7:00AM - 7:50AM (JST)
Lecture + Q&A
Get Up Stand Up!
In the US, where people with various backgrounds and values live, there is a Japanese stand-up comedian who wows an audience with just a single microphone. He was aiming to become a major league baseball player, but had to give it up due to injury. After that, he traveled to the United States alone while in college and now provides tips and motivation for a life abroad.

Saku Yanagawa is a Japanese comedian based in Chicago. Internationally he's performed in over 10 countries and across the US at notable venues including Laugh Factory, Second City, Zanies, and The Comedy Store. He has headlined many comedy festivals not only in America but also in the world such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), Kigali International Comedy Festival (Rwanda), and Fuji Rock Festival (Japan). Saku became a finalist for several comedy competitions like Seattle International Comedy Competition, Palm Springs Festival, and Boston Comedy Festival. He also appeared on "NBC and The Second City's Break Out Comedy Festival" and "StandUp NBC" in 2019. Saku was 2021's "Forbes 30 Under 30" as a comedian.

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oct.30 (JST)
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
10/31/2021 (Sun.) 7:00AM - 7:50AM (JST)
Lecture + Q&A
Resilience; team building and effective communication in space
Based on his past three space flight experience, Dr. Noguchi will discuss risk management in space missions, robust team building, and communication for effective problem solving among a diverse, multinational crew. A lecture that will hopefully motivate students who will lead a diverse society in the future.

Dr. Soichi Noguchi was selected as astronaut candidate in 1996, and started training at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. His first spaceflight was STS-114 mission by the space shuttle Discovery in 2005. He conducted three Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) as a lead spacewalker (EV1) and became the first Japanese astronaut to perform EVAs on the ISS. In 2009, he became the first Japanese left-seater for the Russian Soyuz spacecraft TMA-17 (21S). He was assigned as the Chief of JAXA Astronaut Group from August 2012 to April 2016.In September 2014, he was elected the president of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). In 2020, he became the first non-American to board SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft (Crew-1). He was the first astronaut in the world to accomplish three different methods of Earth entry (runway, ground, and ocean), and officially certified by Guinness World Records. Total number of EVA(4) and EVA hours(27) are both the most by any Japanese astronauts.

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