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Zozo's Maezawa leaves the life he grew up disdaining

Billionaire was one of Japan's few successful internet entrepreneurs

Zozo founder Yusaku Maezawa speaks to reporters at a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 12. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Yusaku Maezawa, once seen as one of his country's few successful internet entrepreneurs, has also burnished a reputation for quirky pursuits, be it collecting Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings or talking about his desire to travel to space.

Now the billionaire who built an online clothing empire is being talked about for his willingness to part with his eBaby, whose success has faltered.

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