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Nestle serves up robots in Japan to woo Chinese customers

Company picks Tokyo for cash-free outlet in face of Starbucks' rapid rise

"How about a coffee?" Pepper the humanoid robot asks Chinese tourists at a marketing stand for Nestle in Asakusa, Tokyo.

TOKYO -- "How about a coffee?" greets Pepper the humanoid robot in Chinese, as tourists come to an open booth on the third floor of a commercial complex in Asakusa, Tokyo's historic downtown area.

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