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[Published: Monday January 13 2020]

 Japanese billionaire seeks 'life partner' 

 
TOKYO 13 Jan (ANA) - Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female "life partner" to accompany him on Space X's maiden tourist voyage to the Moon.
 
The fashion mogul, 44, is set to be the first civilian passenger to fly around the moon on the Starship rocket.
 
Planned for 2023, the mission will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.
 
In an online appeal, Mr Maezawa says he wants to share the experience with a "special" woman.
 
The entrepreneur, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27, has asked women to apply for a "planned match-making event" on his website.
 
"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," Mr Maezawa wrote on the website.
 
"I want to find a 'life partner'," Mr Maezawa added. "With that future partner of mine, I want to shout our love and world peace from outer space."
 
The website features a list of conditions and a schedule for the three-month long application process.
 
Written in a dating profile-style, the conditions say applicants must be single, over the age of 20, always positive and have an interest in going to space.
 
The deadline for applications is 17 January and a final decision on Mr Maezawa's partner will be made at the end of March.(ANA)
FA/ANA/13 January 2020----------
 

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