Japanese billionaire Maezawa pulls out of dating show that promised the moon


FILE Photograph: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder and chief government of on line style retailer Zozo, who has been selected as the 1st private passenger by SpaceX, attends a information meeting at the Overseas Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Japan, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Image

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese style billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has pulled out of a documentary look for for a girlfriend to choose on his voyage about the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, citing his “mixed feelings” about taking part.

This thirty day period, the 44-yr-old introduced he was in search of one females about 20 eager to vie to become his girlfriend for a documentary to be aired on streaming service AbemaTV. Practically 28,000 persons used.

Maezawa stated he is “extremely remorseful” about the decision to pull out, apologizing to the applicants and AbemaTV team in posts to Twitter, the place he is Japan’s most followed account with extra than 7 million followers.

Maezawa, the founder and previous CEO of on the net trend retailer Zozo (3092.T), which he past year offered to SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T), is regarded for launching large suggestions with substantially fanfare – though some of them do not pan out as planned.

As CEO, he introduced the Zozosuit, a polka-dot bodysuit that allowed customers to obtain entire body measurements to buy personalized-made outfits but which did not function nicely in follow. He also outlined an formidable abroad growth approach that wildly undershot targets, foremost to a crash in the company’s stock value.

Maezawa has pledged to give absent $9 million to his Twitter followers in what he suggests is a “social experiment” to see if the payment boosts their happiness.

Reporting by Sam Nussey Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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