What must be the world's most expensive Christmas tree has gone on display in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
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SV INT PAN ACROSS Christmas shoppers in store (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Decorations TO Christmas tree
SCU PAN DOWN white artificial, precious Christmas tree
CU Precious jewellery on tree's branches (5 shots)
SV Shoppers looking at trees, ZOOM OUT TO GV tree
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Background: What must be the world's most expensive Christmas tree has gone on display in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
Christmas is less than two weeks away and already Tokyo's shopping district are a galaxy of lights and decorations.
Department stores lining the shopping streets of the world's largest city are competing with each other for Christmas shopper's yen with brightly-lit decorations.
The show-stealing tree is to be found at the Sumitomo Building in Shinjuku district. It is encased in a bullet-proof case and is decorated with precious jewels. The tree is only 10 feet (3 metres) tall but the jewels decorating it are insured for one thousand million yen (approximately 3 million U.S. dollars).
Altogether, there are 65 jewels decorating the tree. The stones range from a 19-carat Marquis diamond valued at 300 million yen (one million U.S. dollars) to a string of pearls insured for half a million yen (approximately 1,700 U.S. dollars).
Hundred of spectators file past the tree every day, making it a nightmare for the security guards on a 24-hour watch. Although the bullet-proof glass case in only half an inch thick, it is surrounded by an ultra-violet alarms system.
The jeweller who owns the tree said the simply wanted to brighten what he considered a very depressive atmosphere surrounding Tokyo this Christmas.
SYNOPSIS: With Christmas less than two weeks away, the shopping, districts of Tokyo -- the world's largest city -- are ablaze with lights and decorations. Departments stores are in fierce competition with each other to woo Christmas shoppers.
Christmas tree abound. But there is one tree which must be the most expensive in the world. It's an artificial tree covered with precious jewellery. The value is estimated at about three million dollars. This show stealer is enclosed in bullet-proof case in the Shinjuku district. Security guards, on 1 23-hour watch, have a nightmarish job as hundreds of spectators file past the tree every day. The jeweller who owns the tree has decorated it with sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and pearls. The reason, he says, is to brighten and otherwise depressing Tokyo Christmas.