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Wanted! Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire

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Girlfriend wanted for Moon-voyage
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Girlfriend wanted for Moon-voyage

A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.

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​Who is eligible?
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​Who is eligible?

Yusaku Maezawa, who recently announced his break-up with a Japanese actress, is accepting applications from "single women aged 20 or over" who want to enjoy life to the fullest.

In pic: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo, who has been chosen as the first private passenger by SpaceX, poses for photos in Tokyo, Japan.

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​Idea behind it
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​Idea behind it

The matchmaking exercise is being turned into a TV show for a web streaming service.

The flamboyant entrepreneur said he agreed to the idea due to loneliness in middle age.

"I have lived exactly as I've wanted to until now," said Maezawa, who has three children with two women. "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," he said in the ad.

Image Credit: Twitter/Yusaku Maezawa

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​Fly me to the moon
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​Fly me to the moon

Maezawa has also made a pitch on his Twitter account, saying: "Why not be the 'first woman' to travel to the moon?"

Image Credit: Twitter/Yusaku Maezawa

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​Deadline and selection
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​Deadline and selection

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. He will make a final selection by the end of March after going on dates with the applicants.

Image Credit: Twitter/Yusaku Maezawa

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​Who is Yusaku Maezawa?
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​Who is Yusaku Maezawa?

Maezawa, formerly chief of online fashion company Zozo, which he sold to Yahoo! Japan last year, is known for buying pricey art.

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​Lunar trip
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​Lunar trip

He is scheduled to make a lunar trip in 2023 or later as the first private passenger on a voyage by entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Maezawa also plans to take about half a dozen artists with him on the trip, which will take them around the Moon without landing on it.

Image Credit: Twitter/Yusaku Maezawa

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