One Small Step for Yusaku Maezawa, One Giant Leap for Elon Musk’s SpaceX

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E-commerce mogul paid $110.5 million for a painting of a black skull

Elon Musk introduced e-commerce mogul Yusaku Maezawa at a news conference Monday in California. The Japanese billionaire, who will be the first paying passenger for SpaceX's planned 2023 trip around the moon, said up to eight artists will join him. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

TOKYO—The first paying passenger for Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the head of Japan’s biggest online shopping mall and is known for his flashy personal life.

Yusaku Maezawa, a 42-year-old e-commerce mogul and art collector, used social media on Tuesday local time to flaunt his plan to travel on Mr. Musk’s vehicle on a journey around the moon. “I choose to go to the moon, with Artists,” he tweeted.

Mr....