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Huge line greets opening of Ginza's biggest mall

Tokyo complex aims to transcend traditional department store experience

Customers ready to buy at a Ginza Six pop-up store selling goods featuring the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

TOKYO -- Competition for well-off consumers got hotter in the Japanese capital Thursday as the upscale Ginza district's largest shopping center finally threw open its doors to eager thousands.

A 2,500-strong flock of early birds prompted the Ginza Six complex to open 10 minutes before the scheduled 10:30 a.m. By 11, nearly 5,500 had gotten in or were still outside.

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