From drinks at a cocktail bar to dinner and a movie, most first dates are pretty formulaic.
But one Japanese billionaire is looking for a partner to join him on a slightly more ambitious date that won’t even take place on this planet.
Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, is searching for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon with SpaceX .
44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20, according to his website for applicants.
He wrote: “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.
"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.”
Maezawa is due to fly around the moon in 2023 as the first private passenger with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
He recently split up from his actress girlfriend, Ayame Goriki, 27, and his hunt for a new partner will be documented in a new TV programme for AbemaTV.
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 Jan. 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.
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