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I am grateful to have Rick H.’s Aug. 13 letter, ” ‘Sexcentric’ jokes abound in Japan,” and agree with him that Japan, like any other nation, is far from pure. Space in my recent Counterpoint articles did not permit going into a host of other forms of humor, such as rakugo and manzai, which are still very much in fashion today and, generally, most hilarious.

I wrote (Aug. 9) that Japan has no tradition of the dirty joke. This does not mean that the humor isn’t, at times, raunchy and sexual. But it does mean that the Japanese do not tell each other off-color jokes as, for example, Americans do.

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