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Karaoke venues across the country are reaching out to customers beyond those who love belting out a tune in a bid to bolster their bottom lines amid a tough business environment.

With the waning popularity of karaoke, arguably the king of entertainment in Japan two decades ago, more and more shops are offering customers a variety of creative options — such as using the karaoke “boxes” as classrooms for dance and language lessons, or as studios to practice guitar in.

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