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每日英語跟讀 Ep.788: About Japan: 月色撩人:日本億萬富翁女友參賽者超過2萬 Japanese billionaire’s girlfriend entrants top 20,000

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.788: Japanese billionaire’s girlfriend entrants top 20,000

Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a “life partner” to take on his moon voyage.


Maezawa, who will be the first private passenger on Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has already generated huge social media buzz with a $9 million giveaway to his followers that secured his position as Japan’s foremost Twitter celebrity.


The show’s application site now includes a “love diagnostic test” where potential entrants can test their compatibility with the entrepreneur.


Multiple-choice questions include “If you rode in a private jet where would you go?” and “If Maezawa farted in front of you what would you say?”, with users presented with a photo of the billionaire varying from happy to sad depending on their score.


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Sapporo snow fest organizers fretting over very low snowfall 降雪量非常低 札幌雪祭主辦單位很傷腦筋

The one thing this northern city is normally not short of at this time of year is snow, lots of it.


But just 54 centimeters fell in December in Sapporo, 41 percent of average, causing alarm bells to ring for organizers of the 71st Sapporo Snow Festival, which starts Feb. 4 and draws many visitors from overseas.


Ski resorts in Sapporo have also had to scale back their activities, and festival organizers are struggling to secure sufficient snow to ensure that there will be the usual range of magnificent ice sculptures.


At a ceremony held Jan. 7 to haul in snow to Odori Park, the main venue, Ryu Shibata, president of the organizing committee, tried to put on a brave face, saying, "We are determined to overcome difficulties and make the festival a success."



December’s snowfall was below the monthly average at all major 22 observation points in Hokkaido, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Sapporo Regional Headquarters.


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