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Japanese billionaire is looking for a girlfriend to fly around the moon with him

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Yusaku Maezawa is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo, who has been chosen as the first private passenger by SpaceX, attends a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. File picture: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Tokyo – Japanese billionaire Yusaku
Maezawa’s search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around
the moon will be the subject of a new documentary programme, in
the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.

44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer
Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking
single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on
streaming service AbemaTV.

“As feelings of loneliness and emptiness slowly begin to
surge upon me, there’s one thing that I think about: continuing
to love one woman,” wrote Maezawa on a website for applicants.

“I want to find a ‘life partner’. With that future partner
of mine, I want to shout our love and world peace from outer
space,” continued Maezawa, who is due to fly around the moon in
2023 as the first private passenger with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Maezawa, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame
Goriki, 27, has said he plans to take artists on the flight to
inspire works based on the experience, in a project he dubbed
Dear Moon.

The documentary, titled “Full Moon Lovers”, will stream on
AbemaTV, which is backed by online ad agency CyberAgent
and broadcaster TV Asahi and targets a younger audience
that is turning away from traditional TV.

Applicants must “be interested in going into space and able
to participate in the preparation for it” and “be someone who
wishes for world peace”, the website states.

Applications close on January 17 and Maezawa will select his
partner by the end of March.

The documentary is the latest high-profile move by the
billionaire, who is also giving away $9 million to his Twitter
followers to try and spark debate in Japan about the merits of
the idea of basic income. 

Reuters