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September 07 2013

Tokyo Wins Bid for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, besting fellow finalists Istanbul and Madrid.

The Japanese capital won the bid Saturday, following a secret ballot that took place during the 125th International Olympic Committee session in Buenos Aires. 94 IOC members voted in total. Tokyo beat Istanbul 60 votes to 36 in the final round of the selection process. The Turkish city eliminated Madrid in a first round tie-breaker.

"Congratulations to the city of Tokyo on its election as host of the 2020 Olympic Games," IOC President Jacques Rogge said in an IOC release Read more...

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August 27 2012

This Tokyo Restaurant Features Huge Female Robots [VIDEO]

If you prefer to eat in a cozy, quiet little place where the waiters know you by name and you can enjoy a book while you wait for your food to arrive, "Robot Restaurant" may not be for you. But if you're into giant fembots carrying dancers around a restaurant, accompanied by loud electronic music, well, you're in for a treat.

The restaurant, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, has four, 11.8-foot tall robots which are "driven" around by scantily clad women dancers.

Reuters reports that the place took three years to build and cost 10 billion yen ($125.8 million). The robots' facial features, hands and torsos are controlled by a driver, and each robot has two seats, enabling for "teams…
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December 16 2010

Gilt City Expands to Tokyo

Gilt Groupe has expanded its local deals program Gilt City to Tokyo, bringing discounts on restaurants, salons and other high-end service providers to members several times per week.

New York-based startup Gilt, which has been offering flash sales on luxury apparel and other goods in Tokyo since March 2009, now houses 51 employees at its Japanese headquarters. Gilt City launched in Japan two weeks ago, bringing the total list of cities to six, and marking the first time Gilt has offered local deals internationally.

Several competitors in the local daily deals space already exist in Tokyo, but none cater to especially affluent consumers, according to Nate Richardson, president of Gilt City.

Richardson is pleased with the success of Gilt City thus far, which recently launched more localized versions of its service in New York and Los Angeles, helping users find deals in more convenient neighborhoods. In a recent internal survey, vendors reported that 60% of customers who discovered their business through Gilt City returned, and more than 80% of customers said they planned to revisit a venue they discovered on Gilt City.

In the survey, vendors said they were similarly pleased that Gilt allows them to cap the number of discounts offered, which other group-buying services, like Groupon, problematically do not allow. “We’re not a group buying site; we work very closely with the vendors to get quantities that work with their business,” says Richardson.

In addition to deals on dining venues and spas, which are frequently offered by many daily deals sites, Gilt City has also differentiated itself by offering discounts on ticketed events, such as movie screenings and previews of books with notable authors, helping reinforce the idea that Gilt is a curated service that caters to affluent, culturally curious lifestyles.

“One of the things we ask ourselves when considering a deal is, ‘Would Alexandra use it?’” Richardson says, citing Gilt’s elegant co-founder, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. “It’s a great test.”

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