Living with CometsF Tsuruhiko Kiuchi—Nagano / Summer 1996
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Swift-Tuttle comet and Kiuchi to meet in approximately 4,826,100,000 km.
March 1974 Kiuchi joins the Air Self Defense Forces.

"I suppose my yearning for the sky and space led to me to join. The Self Defense Forces place high priority on entry exams. I just wanted to pass, so I studied like crazy. There was a lot of competition. One of my former school colleagues was among my rivals. Seeing him pass the exam only made me more determined not to be defeated. Thankfully, I grew to enjoy studying."

"People become impassioned when they like something or become motivated. I was interested in what I could learn on my own, not what others could teach me."