Late to replying to this but this is a scam.ANN recently put out a survey on drumming up money since they're almost broke. I guess this is how ANN plans to drum up legal fees
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For the low low price of $3000, you too can pretend your friends with your favorite ANN staffer and hang out with them in Japan!
It only cost me a lil over $2000 for a three week trip for two to both Kyoto and Tokyo last year, with $1000 for spending money which I still had a few hundred left afterwards.