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They say that languages bring people closer together and bridge distances. So, too, does the Internet. A Krakow-born Pole, Karina Jancewicz-Ota, 34, met her future husband via the Internet when she was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in the Polish city.

While searching for information on Japanese art and seeking a pen pal to talk about haiku, she became acquainted with Masaki Ota, 33, who was living in Osaka. He was majoring in English at a university in Tokyo.

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