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Sex and love — can the twain ever meet? In the world of fūzoku, a euphemism for Japan’s enormous sex industry, that question is usually answered in the negative.

In the industry’s lower reaches, sex is regarded as a service to be offered in defined ways for specified times, something like a 30-minute foot massage, with about the same level of emotional exchange. In its upper reaches, where expensively gowned young women cater to the whims of well-off men, love is suggested and even promised, but the adage “no money, no honey” still applies.

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