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American hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. says it will open its first outlet in Tokyo in 2016 and plans nine more throughout Japan by 2020.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring our first Shack to Tokyo,” Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti said in a press release Tuesday. “For years, a tremendous amount of fans have asked us when we would come to Japan.”

The New York-based company will partner with the Japanese company Sazaby League Ltd., which brought Starbucks Coffee to Japan.

Shake Shack, which stresses premium fresh ingredients for its hamburgers, french fries and ice cream, raised about $105 million in an initial public offering last month. The company currently has 63 restaurants in nine countries.

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