Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire

Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is scheduled to make a lunar trip in 2023 or later as the first private passenger on a voyage by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX. (AFP)
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Updated 13 January 2020

Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire

  • The matchmaking exercise is being turned into a TV show for a web streaming service
  • Yusaku Maezawa is scheduled to make a lunar trip in 2023 or later

TOKYO: A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.
Yusaku Maezawa, who recently announced his break-up with a Japanese actress, is accepting applications from “single women aged 20 or over” who want to enjoy life to the fullest.
The matchmaking exercise is being turned into a TV show for a web streaming service.
The flamboyant entrepreneur said he agreed to the idea due to loneliness in middle age.
“I have lived exactly as I’ve wanted to until now,” said Maezawa, who has three children with two women.
“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,” he said in the ad.
Maezawa has also made a pitch on his Twitter account, saying: “Why not be the ‘first woman’ to travel to the moon?”
The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. He will make a final selection by the end of March after going on dates with the applicants.
Maezawa, formerly chief of online fashion company Zozo, which he sold to Yahoo! Japan last year, is known for buying pricey art.
He is scheduled to make a lunar trip in 2023 or later as the first private passenger on a voyage by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Maezawa also plans to take about half a dozen artists with him on the trip, which will take them around the Moon without landing on it.


Hawaii thieves cart off $1,000 worth of durian

Updated 17 February 2020

Hawaii thieves cart off $1,000 worth of durian

  • Durian is known for a pale yellow flesh with a sweet taste but a smell described as worse
  • Popular across Southeast Asia but commonly banned from hotel rooms and public transportation there

HONOLULU: Police in Hawaii are investigating the theft of fruit valued at about $1,000 including durian, which is known for its powerful odor.
Two men entered a property in Hilo on the Big Island and removed 18 durian and other types of fruit on the night of Feb. 1, the Hawaii Police Department said.
Authorities released a surveillance camera image of two suspects and asked the public for additional information that could lead to the capture of the fruit bandits.

Authorities released a surveillance image of two suspects involved in a fruit theft in Hilo. (Hawaii Police Department)


The tropical, spiky durian fruit resembles a small porcupine and typically weighs from 2 to 7 pounds (1 to 3 kilograms).
Durian is known for a pale yellow flesh with a sweet taste but a smell that has been compared to moldy cheese, rotten onions, dead fish and far worse.
Durian is popular across Southeast Asia but also is commonly banned from hotel rooms and public transportation there.
The smell of rotting durian in a cupboard was mistaken for a gas leak and prompted an evacuation of a library at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia in April 2018.