Japanese get the sinking feeling The Straits Times

China’s manned space mission has sparked fears in Japan, which has been Asia’s foremost space explorer for decades, that it is being overtaken by its giant neighbour. Tokyo, which has a well-established space programme, has dispatched a probe to Mars and bears the distinction of being only the third nation to send a mission to the moon. But the one thing Japan hasn’t done – send a human into space aboard one of its own rockets – China just did.