Groupon learns Japan ropes
Doing business in Japan can be a, well, tricky business. Just ask Andrew Mason, CEO of exponentially expanding online discount specialist Groupon, who ended up posting a personal apology video to customers here on YouTube after a flub in orders for Japan's prized traditional new year's meal. Certainly, Groupon Japan appears to be learning to offer local deals that have specific local appeal. One of the more exotic deals on offer is a chance to take in a "new-half," or drag, show in Tokyo's central Roppongi district, currently going for 56% below the 20,000 yen going rate. About 240 Grouponees have purchased the ticket for 8,800 yen.
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People in Tokyo are observing the 69th anniversary of the devastating US air raid on the Japanese capital during World War Two. (NHK)
New Zealand doctors said Friday that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. (USA Today)
An international survey shows Japanese men fell into a group doing the least housework. (NHK)
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
A blizzard struck northern Japan on Friday with authorities warning of avalanches, high waves, strong winds and traffic disruption. (thehindu.com)