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Dear Alice,

I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for even asking, but after five years in Japan I can’t sit on this question any longer. What the heck are those huge moles so many Japanese have on their faces? I don’t mean the occasional freckle or demure beauty mark — I’m talking about enormous, protruding monster moles! I can’t begin to tell you how many Japanese I know, both men and women, who have big black moles on their faces. Are these kinds of moles specific to Japanese skin? Doesn’t it bother people to have moles in such a visible place? Why don’t they have them taken off?

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