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May 15, 2002

JAPAN: Department store pays over £1,600 for pair of melons

A Japanese department store has parted with ¥300,000 (US$2,338) for the first two locally grown melons of the season. Based in Sapporo, the store bid for the fruit at a local market, explaining that it hoped to send the message out to potential shoppers that it deals with only the best quality fruit and vegetables.

A Japanese department store has parted with ¥300,000 (US$2,338) for the first two locally grown melons of the season.

Based in Sapporo, the store bid for the fruit at a local market, explaining that it hoped to send the message out to potential shoppers that it deals with only the best quality fruit and vegetables.

It paid ¥150,000 each for the melons, saying that they are imbibed with “happiness and luck”, being the first grown.

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