‘House Now’: Japan Tycoon Yusaku Maezawa Returns From ISS With Enterprise Goals


“House now,” was what Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa wished to tweet for years. He lastly actually did it, from the Worldwide House Station.

“The area market holds a lot potential,” he stated Friday on the Overseas Correspondents’ Membership in Tokyo, his first information convention in Japan after returning to earth earlier than Christmas.

Maezawa, who heads an organization referred to as Begin At the moment, is getting ready to put money into numerous companies which can develop from the continued analysis by NASA, the Japanese equal referred to as JAXA and others. However he desires first to get better from his latest celestial journey: returning to life with gravity has proved heavier than he’d anticipated, he stated.

Maezawa, 46, blasted off in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft together with a Russian cosmonaut December 8, turning into the primary self-paying vacationer to go to the station since 2009.

He returned to earth after spending 12 days on the orbiting outpost, the place he took movies of himself clowning round in weightlessness, shaping water droplets into bubbles, and punting a golf ball drifting towards a flag within the spacecraft.

The clips, taken by astronaut Yozo Hirano, who accompanied Maezawa, have been posted on YouTube, drawing thousands and thousands of views.

He tweeted “uchyu nau,” or “area now,” within the fashion Japanese typically use on the favored social media to relay what they’re as much as, similar to “partying now,” or “dinner now.”

“Here’s what I actually wished say. My first tweet from area,” stated the put up following one with a photograph of him carrying a T-shirt and shorts, floating cross-legged in a meditation pose.

He stated he want to tweet “moon now” subsequent. He has booked an orbit across the moon aboard Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Starship, scheduled within the subsequent few years, probably as early as subsequent yr.

“I do not know when precisely I ought to tweet that,” he stated, as he would not be touchdown on the moon. “Possibly after we get to the again aspect of the moon.”

Maezawa has greater than 11 million Twitter followers and has emerged as a flamboyant superstar recognized for a free-wheeling managerial fashion that is uncommon in Japan’s conformist, staid enterprise world.

He ran an import CD enterprise and performed in a rock band earlier than beginning a web based vogue enterprise in 1998. Well-known for courting film stars, Maezawa has been each admired and ridiculed for his lavish purchases, together with a Stradivarius violin and artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.

In 2019, Maezawa resigned as CEO of e-commerce firm Zozo to dedicate his time to area journey, promoting his enterprise to Yahoo Japan. Forbes journal estimates his wealth at $1.9 billion (roughly Rs. 14,120 crore).

How a lot Maezawa paid for his voyage has been the subject of a lot hypothesis and skepticism. Reviews put the worth tag at greater than $80 million (roughly Rs. 595 crore). Maezawa declined once more to reveal the price.

However he stated dwelling in area has him appreciating the on a regular basis extra: the wind, the altering seasons, smells, and sushi.

Maezawa hopes that in the future the world’s leaders may make that very same journey. Planet Earth is “100 occasions extra stunning” than any picture he had ever seen, he stated, and so possibly they’d additionally notice the significance of working collectively.

“That’s my dream,” he stated.


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