TOKYO — Applications to develop to be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV talked about on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his look for a “life partner” to sort out his moon voyage.
Maezawa, who could be the primary personal passenger on Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has already generated large social media buzz with a $9 million giveaway to his followers that secured his place as Japan’s foremost Twitter celeb.
The current’s utility web site now includes a “love diagnostic test” the place potential entrants can test their compatibility with the entrepreneur, who purchased his on-line pattern enterprise Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp the last yr.
Multiple-choice questions embrace “If you rode in a private jet where would you go?” and “If Maezawa farted in front of you what would you say?”, with clients provided with a photograph of the billionaire varied from fully completely satisfied to sad counting on their score.
AbemaTV, backed by on-line advert firm CyberAgent and broadcaster TV Asahi, is one amongst Japan’s foremost proponents of the reality courting current.
Securing Maezawa for “Full Moon Lovers” is a coup for the service, which targets to generate social media guests and is concentrating on youthful viewers who’re turning off the TV.
Current and upcoming AbemaTV reveals embrace one throughout which Japanese-speaking female contestants are paired with worldwide males who don’t converse their language and one different throughout which ladies go on dates with “princes” a variety of years their junior.
Japanese broadcasters have been sluggish to provide streaming while advert spending shifts online, apprehensive about upsetting their regional TV networks by offering nationwide streaming suppliers.
Public broadcaster NHK, which had been legally constrained from offering such suppliers, will begin streaming in April following rule changes last yr.
The actuality courting format obtained a raise in Japan with the success of hit current Terrace House, which was developed by broadcaster Fuji Holdings sooner than being picked up by Netflix, developing a world fan base by means of its relaxed tone and mild-mannered contestants.