Japan to change space policy, aims manned mission: report SpaceDaily

Spurred by China’s success in its first-ever manned space flight, Japan plans a drastic review of its space policy and will consider launching manned space trips as well, a report said Thursday. The government will “consider realising a manned space flight by a Japanese astronaut at an early time”, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said in its evening edition, without indicating a timeframe.