Billionaire seeks girlfriend to fly with him on trip around moon

As lonely hearts messages go, the appeal by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will take some beating.

The fashion entrepreneur (44) is looking for a girlfriend who will accompany him on a trip around the moon.

Mr Maezawa is scheduled to be the first private passenger on Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which is due to make its inaugural lunar trip in 2023.

The father of three, who recently split up from his actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki (27), has decided he does not want to make the journey alone. So he has made a plea for a female companion to join him on what will be the trip of a lifetime.

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«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 wrote on his website.

«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.»

Applicants must «be interested in going into space» and «someone who wishes for world peace».

Candidates must be single women over the age of 20 and the deadline for applications is Friday, with the winner being selected by the end of March.

The cost of the three-week trip, which will entail riding on Elon Musk’s Big Falcon Rocket, has not been disclosed. Given the Big Falcon Rocket cost $5bn (€4.5bn), the seats will not be cheap.

The maverick Japanese billionaire has bought every seat on the rocket for the inaugural trip. Other passengers are expected to be artists asked to create a piece of art.

Mr Maezawa, who made his fortune creating Japan’s biggest online fashion retailer Zozotown and became a billionaire by the time he was 35, is something of an anomaly among the country’s normally conservative entrepreneurs.

A former drummer in a US punk rock band with a love of contemporary art, he is more likely to be found wearing jeans than a business suit.

Viewers will be able to follow the progress of Mr Maezawa’s search for a new companion on a documentary ‘Full Moon Lovers’ on AbemaTV, a Japanese streaming website. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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