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Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa seeks ‘Special Woman’ For Moon Voyage

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female “special woman” to accompany him on Space X’s maiden tourist voyage around the Moon.

The founder of Japanese online clothing retailer Zozo Inc, Mr. Maezawa, made his fortune in the fashion world. He is believed to have a personal wealth of close to $3bn, a lot of which he spends on art.

The fashion mogul, 44, is set to be the first civilian passenger to fly around the moon on the Starship rocket. Planned for 2023, the mission will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

He became more widely known overseas late last year after he was named as the first private passenger due to be flown around the Moon by SpaceX, the company owned by another famous billionaire, Elon Musk.

In an online appeal, Mr. Maezawa says he wants to share the experience with a “special” lady. The entrepreneur, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27, has asked women to apply for a “planned match-making event” on his website.

“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 wrote on the website.

The website features a list of conditions and a schedule for the three-month-long application process. Written in a dating profile-style, the conditions say applicants must be single, over the age of 20, always positive and have an interest in going to space.

The deadline for applications is 17 January, and a final decision on Mr. Maezawa’s partner will be made at the end of March.

Earlier this month, Mr. Maezawa promised to share 100m yen ($925,000; £725,000) between 100 randomly selected people who shared one of his tweets. “To participate, all you have to do is follow me and RT this tweet,” he said.

The price Mr. Maezawa agreed to pay for his ticket to space has not been disclosed, but according to Mr. Musk, it was “a lot of money.” Musk has conceded that the lunar mission would be “dangerous.”

The Tesla chief executive will be hoping that his spacecraft fares better than the “armored glass” windows of his cybertruck, which shattered when the vehicle was unveiled last November.

Mr. Maezawa has said he plans to take a group of artists with him on the flight. If Musk’s attempt at lunar exploration succeeds, Maezawa will become the first private passenger to make the trip around the moon. He and his partner would have more than each other for company, though.

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