According to the agency, convicted offenders or those associated with extremist groups and parties are not allowed to participate in the competition.
In March 2022, the identity check shortlisting would take place, followed by an interview and tests for first-stage winners. The recruitment results will be announced in February 2023 after a four stage-competition.
Astronaut recruitment in Japan has been carried out five times so far, 11 people have passed the competition, seven of them are on active duty.
The competition was last held in 2008 when three out of 963 candidates were shortlisted.