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Japan’s Largest Online Fashion Mall “ZOZOTOWN” Brings Japanese Fashion to the World with PayPal as the Exclusive Payment System on Its New Global E-Commerce Site

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2011-05-18 13:51
TOKYO, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — PayPal Japan announced today that all the payment at “” (, a global site newly established today by Start Today, will be executed by PayPal. “” is the global site for Japan’s largest online fashion mall “ZOZOTOWN” (, immediately making it a top online shopping destination for Japanese fashion lovers worldwide. At launch, “” offers more than 700 brands and over 500,000 fashion items, providing a strong reflection of the latest fashion trends in Japan. For the participating brands, “” offers an E-Commerce platform that facilitates sales of their products toward millions of overseas consumers. PayPal is one of the largest online payment services with 98 million active accounts in 190 markets and supports 25 currencies worldwide.

With the increasing interest and popularity for Japanese fashion around the world, overseas consumers are now able to purchase Japanese-branded fashion items that were not previously available for purchase from outside Japan through “” with the opening of this site. “” supports 5 languages including Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Korean and ships to 82 countries around the world. Products are shipped directly from Japan to overseas sites using EMS (international express mail).

PayPal is the leading online payment service worldwide and has been acclaimed for its security capability where consumers can more safely pay without having to disclose their financial information to merchants. In addition to a faster checkout process that can be completed in a few clicks, consumers also benefit from PayPal’s Buyer Protection Policy which protects their purchase transaction if the item is not received or if the item is significantly different than what was described (subject to eligibility requirements and other terms and conditions). Thus the addition of PayPal as the exclusive payment option on “”, which could significantly improve usability of the online shopping mall for customers living outside of Japan, will contribute to the growth of the site.

“Upon rolling out the ZOZOTOWN global web site this time, we believed it was vital to secure safety and reliability in product sales and payment processes since our site is not yet widely recognized in overseas. As a result of exploring various global settlement services from the safety and reliability point of view, we arrived at PayPal. By looking at the fact that PayPal can be used in 190 countries and regions, and has 98 million active accounts worldwide, we were astonished by its high level of safety and reliability on a global scale and made prompt decision to introduce PayPal,” said Koji Yanagisawa, Director and Chief Financial Officer of Start Today.

To commemorate the opening of, JPY5,000 cash will be given away to 200 lottery winners from users who made purchases of more than JPY5,000 between May 18 to May 31, 2011. Cash back will be paid directly into the users’ PayPal account.

About PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows PayPal users to make payments for goods or services purchased without sharing financial information with the sellers, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts*, credit cards or promotional financing**. With more than 98 million active accounts in 190 markets and 25 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global ecommerce. More information about the company can be found at PayPal is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and its international headquarters is located in Singapore. PayPal is an eBay company.

* At present bank accounts are not available as a funding source in some countries and territories including Japan.
At present, promotional financing is not available as a funding source in some countries and territories including Japan.

Media Contacts

Dickson Seow Idran Junadi
PayPal Asia Pacific The Hoffman Agency
Tel: +65-6510-6463 Tel: +65-6238-1851
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May 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

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Damien Iehl Takes Victory at Match Race France

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Damien Iehl Takes Victory at Match Race France

2011-05-16 17:32 

MARSEILLE, France, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Damien Iehl and his French Match Racing Team made the perfect start to their World Match Racing Tour season after defeating Bertrand Pace Aleph Sailing Team in an all French Final at Match Race France in Marseille.   

Damien Iehl and his French Match Racing Team celebrating their first win of the World Match Racing Tour – Match Race France (C) Image Copyright to Gilles Martin-Raget/Match Race France

This was Iehl’s second ever victory on the World Match Racing Tour following his win at Match Race Germany in 2008 and his early justification for being awarded a Tour Card for the 2011 season. The victory caps a week in which the Frenchman has been in majestic form, firstly by Qualifying in second position, then defeating the 2003 Tour Champion Jesper Radich (DEN) 3-1 in the Semi-Finals and finally Pace in the first all French Final on the Tour since 2007.

Commenting on his win, Iehl said: “It has been a tense week but to win the event here is perfect. It’s a reward for all the hard work we’ve been doing over the last six years. We feel it’s our time now. We know Mathieu Richard won Match Race France last year but didn’t win the Tour so winning it is our objective now.”

With 40 knots of Mistral winds forecast for Sunday, the Race Committee was keen to conclude Match Race France on Saturday and therefore decided to make it a first to two point final. Iehl’s big strategy for the week had been to protect the left side of the course and he was in no mood to change it now, resulting in some heavy pre-start jostling against Pace’s Aleph Sailing Team. As the boats came together in the pre-start, Pace, as the windward boat, picked up a penalty for not keeping clear. The 2000 Tour Champion and America’s Cup veteran managed to strike up a 10 second lead at the first mark but knew he needed around 25 seconds in the conditions and J80 boats to complete his penalty. On the final beat, Pace hadn’t opened up enough of a margin so he was forced to do it the hard way and try to force a foul on Iehl to offset the penalty. Pace slowed his boat as much as possible to lure Iehl into a trap but Iehl was more than a match, slowing his boat and parrying every move Pace made. In the end Pace overshot his turn back to the finish line and ended up tacking in front of Iehl incurring a second penalty. It was showpiece match racing. 1-0.

Pace was in a must-win situation and as the second race approached, the winds were shifting which made the teams’ timings to the start line difficult to calculate. Iehl again tried to protect the left by putting pre-start pressure on Pace who was forced to gybe away. Iehl grabbed the left and created a three length separation as both teams hiked hard with gusts rising to 15 knots. As they approach the first mark, Pace trailed Iehl by 11 seconds, a gap that increased after a messy spinnaker hoist from Pace’s team. It was a deficit too big to close leaving Iehl to take the honours in typically animated fashion as he crossed the finish line. On reflection, Pace said: “I would’ve liked to win it as it’s not easy to get into this position. But, we’re very happy as we worked well as a team.” 

Jesper Radich’s opponent in the Petit-Final was Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, who forced Pace into a sudden death race in their Semi-Final earlier. It was little surprise to see this Petit-Final also go down to a deciding race – their form was so good, many expected at least one of them to contend the Final. Mirsky took control of the decider from the start and lead Radich round the course, building up an unassailable 18 second lead by the third mark. It was a strong start to the season for Mirsky and his team who are tracking that elusive event win they last achieved back in 2009 and ultimately realise their dream of winning the World Championship.

Damien Iehl’s French Match Racing Team mate Mathieu Richard won Match Race France in 2010. He is earmarked as one of the favourites to contend for the Match Racing World Championship in 2011 however he might now need to look closer to home for his nearest rival.

The World Match Racing Tour travels to Lake Constance in Langenargen for Match Race Germany from the 24 – 29 May where Tour Card Holders Mathieu Richard and Johnie Berntsson will start their 2011 match racing campaigns.

Results from Match Race France


Damien Iehl (FRA) v Bertrand Pace (FRA) 2-0


Torvar Mirsky (AUS) v Jesper Radich (DEN) 2-1

2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings

1 Damien Iehl – 25
2 Bertrand Pace – 22
3 Torvar Mirsky – 19
4 Jesper Radich – 16
5 Pierre Antoine Morvan – 14
6 Francesco Bruni – 12
7 Peter Gilmour – 10
8 Alvaro Marinho – 8
9 Phil Robertson – 4
10 Ian Williams – 2

About the ISAF World Match Racing Tour:

The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring 9 World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status. Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on team work and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore for the general public to follow the races as virtual on-the-water stadiums.

For more information on WMRT, please visit:

Issued by Communications Department, WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Name: Audrey Lakai
Mob: +60-12-502-2206

SOURCE World Match Racing Tour

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May 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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