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It was summer 2000 when Matthew Wortley, on the Japan Exchange and Teaching program and living in Mie Prefecture, met his future wife, Hiromi Fujii, at a festival.

Hiromi, a City Hall worker from the prefecture, had met Matthew, who is from Coventry, England, before but it was the first time that they had a chance to have a long conversation, and they found each other interesting.

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