‘Japanese geek’ billionaire pays 100 billion won to travel to space


A Japanese businessman famous as a geeky billionaire goes on a space trip. It is known that they paid 100 billion won in Korean money to stay on the International Space Station for 12 days.

This is Tokyo correspondent Yoo Seong-jae.

Today (9th) at 1 am the International Space Station ISS.

The door opens, and Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and billionaire of Japan’s largest online fashion shopping mall ‘Jojo Town’, enters.

This is the moment you become the first Japanese civilian to stay on the International Space Station.

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Mr. Maezawa, who went to space with the filming staff, will stay at the space station until the 20th, and will broadcast 100 challenges collected through the Internet, such as soap bubble experiments and playing musical instruments, on YouTube.

For this space trip, Mr. Maezawa and his party received flight adaptation training at the Gagarin Space Center in Russia for the past three months, and boarded the Russian Soyuz spacecraft at the space base in Kazakhstan yesterday afternoon.

The Japanese media showed great interest in the live broadcast of the spacecraft launch.

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Maezawa-san spent 100 billion won on this space trip.

Three years ago, Elon Musk’s SpaceX even bought all of the boarding passes for the first manned spacecraft scheduled to launch to the moon in 2023.

Maezawa, who is called an eccentric billionaire for his unconventional steps by introducing a 30-hour workweek for the first time in Japan, publicly recruited eight ordinary people to go on a moon trip with him in March, saying that he would pay all the expenses.

(Video coverage: Han Cheol-min, Moon Hyun-jin)


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