"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."
Yusaku Maezawa is a 44-year-old Japanese billionaire looking for a “life partner” who will also join him on a journey to the Moon in 2023.
The premise of his mission to find his partner is explained simply on his website: “He has a long-held dream of going into space. He wants to visit such a special place together with a special someone. Through serious one-on-one planned matchmaking, Maezawa looks to find his life partner.”
His plan is to find a partner through a matchmaking process that has already started, since applications started earlier this month and are open until January 17th. After the first candidates are chosen, he will go on a series of dates with them, before making up his mind by the end of March. The entire process will be filmed as part of a documentary about Maezawa’s quest, called Full Moon Lovers.
Also on the website is his list of requirements for prospective applicants: “single women aged 20 or older, 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.”
Maezawa himself seems like quite the catch for any single, space-loving young woman who’s not afraid to try something really different in the dating arena. The reason is that, beyond the prospect of adventure and the incredible of opportunity of participating in history’s first private trip into space (through Space X), Maezawa claims that, at this point in his life, he is finally ready to settle down and find a serious life partner.
“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 [...] 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.”
That sounds at least times better than the average man looking for love on a dating app in 2020. And the man’s got a great smile! So, why not give it a try? Maybe you’re the life partner he’s looking for, and in 2023, you’ll be happily in love, holding hands somewhere up in space.
All images via Yusaku Maezawa's Instagram