Japanese billionaire plans to travel around the moon with Elon Musk

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Japanese billionaire plans to travel around the moon with Elon Musk

Yusaku Maezawa, founder of online fashion retailer Zozo Inc., seeks companions on his trip around the moon. According to the DearMoon Project, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will make a big announcement about space after a meeting with SpaceX owner Elon Musk.

In December of last year, Yusaku Maezawa, founder of online fashion site Zozo Inc., completed a trip to the International Space Station ISS on a Soyuz spacecraft and plans to travel around the moon with Musk's rocket and satellite company SpaceX in 2023.

The 47-year-old entrepreneur tweeted that he had had an online meeting with Musk and can now make a big announcement about space on December 9. The space enthusiast will likely be the first private passenger on a SpaceX moon mission with a week-long fly-by in 2023, as commercial firms including Jeff Bezos Blue Origin usher in a new age of space travel for wealthy clients.

Maezawa founded the online fashion retailer Zozo, which was bought by Softbank Group Corp. s internet business.

Following Maezawa's tweet, shares in Inclusive Inc., which provides space related business utilizing satellite data, went up 11.7 percent to close at 1,171 yen.