Famous Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has everything he wants, except someone to share his vast, vast, VAST wealth with when venturing into the deep unknown.
SpaceX announced in September 2018 that Maezawa would be aboard their Starship rocket during its maiden voyage around the moon sometime in 2023.
But space is cold and lonely...
and Maezawa needs a bunkmate...
At the turn of the decade, a streaming service in Japan announced plans to follow the daily life of the billionaire as he attempts to find a 'life partner'.
The shows name?
"Full Moon Lovers"...
You can't make this stuff up.
And as it says it's a serious documentary so no snickering!
If you're not familiar with Maezawa, he founded the fashion label ZOZOTOWN worth US $15 billion.
In September last year, he sold his stakes in the company and stepped down as CEO.
Now he spends his days with a US $2billion net worth giving out 100 million yen to 100 people in a social experiment on the effects money has on happiness.
Oh and plans romantic dates to the moon.
Of course, there are some criteria to filter out the chaff, so to speak.
According to the streaming service's website:
・Single women aged 20 or over
・Bright personality and always positive
・Interested in going into space and able to participate in the preparation for it
・Want to enjoy life to the fullest
・Be someone who wishes for world peace
Pretty easy, am I right?
Also, the show's schedule of events is as follows (so you can put some reminders in your Google Calendar).
・Jan. 17: Applications end at 10 am (JST)
・Jan. 25-26: Selection begins
・Mid Feb: Matchmaking dates with Yusaku Maezawa
・Mid Mar: Special dates getting to know Yusaku Maezawa
・End of Mar: Final decision on partner
Unfortunately, applications have closed.
But we still have a lot to look forward to.
Hear it from the man himself.
"I have lived exactly as I've wanted to up until now. For 21 years, I've been working running around as a company president, causing lots of people to worry along the way, but also receiving a lot of love and support from people, too. In the end, I've been able to put a temporary end to that brilliant life as company president.
I'm sure I've been able to acquire my share of money, social status, and fame along the way. But now I'm restarting my life. 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.
While it's something that is taken for granted by everyone, it's something that I haven't quite been able to do until now. When I got the offer to go on this program, I was first taken over by emotions of embarrassment and pride, and I thought about refusing the offer. The more I thought about it, however, I started to think a chance like this might not come around again.
I started to think that this was a good chance to seriously face up to the idea of "continuing to love one woman" which I'd only really had a hazy image about. I made my decision and finally decided to go on the program.I want to find a "life partner". With that future partner of mine, I want to shout our love and world peace from outer space.
I look forward to meeting someone amazing."
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