The modesty widely viewed as a Japanese trademark was again apparent in a recently released survey on kissing, with only 29 percent of respondents rating their kisses an 8 or higher on a scale of 1 to 10.

The annual romance survey by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., a Canada-based publisher of romance novels, was conducted on 3,598 people aged 18 and above in 18 countries, with the theme this time being kissing.

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