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Japanese billionaire using reality TV show to pick his a female date to the moon

By Jeff Spry
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UPDATE: On Jan. 30, Maezawa pulled the plug on his participation in the proposed Japanese reality TV series, “Full Moon Lovers,” produced by the streaming service AbemaTV.  The show was to have chronicled his search for a female life partner to join him on his upcoming SpaceX mission around the moon and back. Here’s how the billionaire broke it to his lunar date list: 

“Due to personal reasons, I have informed AbemaTV yesterday with my decision to no longer participate in the matchmaking documentary, hence requested for the cancellation of the show,” Maezawa announced in a series of Tweets.

“Despite my genuine and honest determination toward the show, there was a part of me that still had mixed feelings about my participation. To think that 27,722 women, with earnest intentions and courage, had used their precious time to apply makes me feel extremely remorseful to conclude and inform everyone with this selfish decision of mine.

“I understand that I have disappointed many people - the applicants and all the staff from AbemaTV who were involved in the production - and I apologize to everyone for my unfavorable actions. I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart.”


It seems like there are an infinite number of dating sites out there specifically targeted to certain groups including Christian Mingle, Black People Meet, Equestrian Cupid, and Farmers Only, but very few for ultra-wealthy unattached men looking for women to travel into outer space with.

This is the envious position Japanese billionaire and art collector Yusaku Maezawa finds himself in after being the first person to plunk down mega cash for a zero-G ride around our pale white satellite on a SpaceX commercial starship slated for sometime in 2023. 

As announced back in September of 2018, Maezawa will be the initial private passenger to loop around the moon for Elon Musk's American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company based in Hawthorne, CA.

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Maezawa and Abema TV have devised an entertaining method to choose a complementary astronaut companion... on a TV dating game show ala The Bachelor, where he hopes to locate his one true love to share his SpaceX lunar excursion with!

To speed up the process of finding a suitable mate before they light the fuse on the launchpad, the 44-year-old billionaire who made his riches founding the online fashion retailer, Zozo, is hosting a hunt for a “life partner” to accompany him on his super-expensive moon mission. Maezawa’s pathway to love will be revealed on the show, “Full Moon Lovers,” which will be produced and distributed by Japan's internet TV channel, Abema TV.

“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,” Maezawa said in a statement. “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.”

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Prospective girlfriends are required to submit their full qualifications by Jan. 17 at the official Abema TV website. The “Application Conditions” segment of the submission form declared that potential partners must be a single woman age 20 years or more; have a bright personality; always be positive; be interested in going to space and able to prepare for the trip; want to live life to its fullest; and wish for world peace. Abema TV believes that Maezawa will make his final decision on just who his space girlfriend will be by the end of March.

What do you think of Maezawa's search for his Miss Universe and will his unorthodox approach net him his heart's content or just a temporary tagalong? Would you have the right stuff?