Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa who will fly on SpaceX’s first trip to the Moon recently announced his break-up with a Japanese actress. Mr Maezawa is now accepting applications from “single women aged 20 or over” who want to enjoy life to the fullest.
The matchmaking exercise is believed to be prepared for a show to be streamed over the internet.
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
The flamboyant entrepreneur said he agreed to the idea due to loneliness in middle age.
Mr Maezawa said: “I have lived exactly as I’ve wanted to until now.
“I’m 44 now. 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.”
Mr Maezawa has also made a pitch on his Twitter account, writing: “Why not be the ‘first woman’ to travel to the moon?”
The deadline to apply for the ultimate experience is January 17, 2020.
The Japanese billionaire added he will make a final selection by the end of March after going on dates with the applicants.
Mr Maezawa, formerly chief of online fashion company Zozo, which he sold to Yahoo! Japan last year, is known for buying expensive art.
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He is scheduled to make a lunar trip in 2023 or later as the first private passenger on a voyage by rocket owned by SpaceX’s cavalier billionaire Elon Musk.
Mr Maezawa also intends to take about half a dozen artists with him on the trip.
The journey will take the crew around the Moon without landing on it.
Entrants to the “one-on-one planned matchmaking event” would be able to apply until 10am Tokyo time on January 17, with the final decision being made at the end of March.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in 2018 how Mr Maezawa would be SpaceX’s first civilian passenger.
Mr Maezawa said he initially felt both “embarrassment and pride” and actually considered rejecting Musk’s offer but decided to accept after realising the opportunity might not come around again.
He said the decision prompted him to “seriously face up to the idea of continuing to love one woman,” something he had previously only had a “hazy image” about.
The retail mogul added he wanted to “shout our love and world peace from outer space” with his future partner.
Applicants have to be single women aged 20 or over, to be considered.
They also need to have a “bright personality”, always be positive, be interested in going to space and be able to take part in the preparation for the trip, to “want to enjoy life to the fullest” and be someone who “wishes for world peace.”
Mr Maezawa recently split from his girlfriend, 27-year-old actress Ayame Goriki and is reported to be divorced.
The entrepreneur started out as a drummer for a rock band Switch Style and sold CDs by mail from his home before setting up Zozotown in 1998, which gained a market worth of £11.5billion ($15billion).
Maezawa sold the company to Japanese conglomerate Softbank Group last year, stepping down as CEO but his net worth stands at £1.54billion ($2billion).
He recently launched a giveaway on Twitter for a second time, offering to share £6.9 million (¥1billion) between 1,000 people, as part of a social experiment to test whether the money would make recipients happier.
Mr Maezawa is due to announce the winners over Twitter this week.
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