Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire is going to be the first potential rider of SpaceX’s future deep-space rocket. He has launched a peculiar campaign in search of a “female partner” to float around the Moon with him. Maezawa’s website advertising the campaign clearly states that he isn’t just in search of a friend, but a significant other to be with him on the space voyage.
“Full Moon Lovers”
“Maezawa has a long-held dream of going into space,” the website states. “He wants to visit such a special place together with a special someone.” The website is promoting the contest as a serious matchmaking ‘affair’ that is going to be documented in a reality show called “Full Moon Lovers,” which is all set to telecast on the Japanese streaming service AbemaTV. Single women over the age of 20 can participate in the contest. However, the requirements are women, who have “bright” personalities, want to enjoy life to the fullest, and want world peace. They also have to be excited about going to space.
Maezawa and his new partner would supposedly go to the Moon on next-generation Starship rocket by SpaceX which is a massive spacecraft that is engineered to take people to deep-space destinations such as the Moon and someday Mars. In September of 2018, SpaceX announced that Maezawa had given a hefty deposit to become the ‘Uno’ private customer of the Starship once it was complete and ready for crew. The trip would involve sending Maezawa around the Moon, (landing on the moon will not take place), and then return him to Earth. SpaceX didn’t disclose the amount he paid, however, CEO Elon Musk pointed out that it was sufficient to help partially cover for the development of the vehicle.
“He puts his money where his mouth is,” Musk said at the time. “He’s legit.”
Maezawa had paid for additional seats
At the time of the announcement, Maezawa also asserted that he had bought additional seats on the vehicle, to invite between six to eight artists on the trip. “These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us,” Maezawa stated during the announcement at headquarters of SpaceX in California. Now it looks like that one of those seats will be occupied by whosoever wins this matchmaking contest.
Maezawa has founded Zozotown (the largest online retailer of Japan) and it is worth $2 billion, according to the most recent estimate from Forbes. He is also an ardent art collector, spending $110.5 million for a painting by Jean-Michael Basquiat in 2017. Last week, he created a record for the most retweeted tweet after declaring he would divide 1 billion yen among a random group of 1,000 people who shared his tweet about the contest. The post was retweeted more than 4 million times.
“Feelings of loneliness and emptiness”
Now, Maezawa is aiming at a new type of competition. The 44-year-old billionaire has realized and wrote on his website that after twenty years of running a company, he now wants to include someone in his life. “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,” he writes. Maezawa said he was originally embarrassed to take part in the documentary but is now hopeful he’ll find his life partner. “With that future partner of mine, I want to shout our love and world peace from outer space,” he writes.
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