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Playfully known as “Salon de Melanie,” dinners at Australian consultant Melanie Brock’s house are sought-after affairs.

With their host’s career in Japan spanning decades and boasting high-level contacts such as prime ministers, heads of corporations and sumo superstars, invitees never know who else might be at the table. However, as for her ideal party guests, Brock has thoughtfully curated a list of famous and not-so-well-known locals.

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