Yusaku Maezawa poses with a miniature rocket and space helmet prior to start of a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. AFP
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary programme, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.
44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV.
"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," wrote Maezawa on a website for applicants.
"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," continued Maezawa, who is due to fly around the moon in 2023 as the first private passenger with Elon Musk's SpaceX.
Maezawa, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27, has said he plans to take artists on the flight to inspire works based on the experience, in a project he dubbed Dear Moon.
The documentary, titled "Full Moon Lovers", will stream on AbemaTV, which is backed by online ad agency CyberAgent and broadcaster TV Asahi and targets a younger audience that is turning away from traditional TV.
Applicants must "be interested in going into space and able to participate in the preparation for it" and "be someone who wishes for world peace", the website states.
Applications close on Jan. 17 and Maezawa will select his partner by the end of March.
The documentary is the latest high-profile move by the billionaire, who is also giving away $9 million to his Twitter followers to try and spark debate in Japan about the merits of the idea of basic income.
Singer Miley Cyrus has debuted a new hairstyle inspired by her former Disney Channel character Hannah Montana.
Gevorg brushes mascara onto his already long, dark lashes before dabbing highlighter above his cheekbones and checking the results in a mirror of a central Moscow salon.
Polar opposite of the monochrome, this spring’s hottest nail trend is the gradient manicure. So the next time you go to paint your nails and are unable to decide between the colours, just choose them all!
Louis Vuitton and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a multi-year partnership that makes the French fashion house the first official Trophy Travel Case.
A ketogenic diet — which provides 99 per cent of calories from fat and only one per cent from carbohydrates — produces health benefits in the short term, but negative effects after about a week, say researchers.
A video of a Canadian man is doing the rounds on the internet in which he could be seen using a cup of coffee to free three kittens whose tails were frozen.