Ty­coon seeks moon mate

The Citizen (KZN) - - World -

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

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. 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. “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.

Maezawa has also made a pitch on his Twitter ac­count, say­ing: “Why not be the ‘first woman’ to travel to the moon?”

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

Maezawa 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. He plans to take about six artists with him.

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