So what kind of people will be Japan's first space tourists?

The first up of around 20 intrepid Japanese individuals was to have been former Livedoor Co. executive Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto, who was slated to fly on the Russian Soyuz in September, making him the world's fourth space tourist to enjoy an orbital flight for $20 million.

But to his undoubted chagrin, and apparently due to his health, the IT whiz kid was replaced by Iranian-American IT businesswoman Anousheh Ansari less than a month before his scheduled liftoff. Rumor says Enomoto fell foul of a kidney stone problem, that his money may not be returned, and that he is waiting for another chance to fly.