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Formally asking a sweetheart to "please be my (boyfriend/girlfriend)" is said to be a traditional romantic milestone in Japanese relationships, and the town of Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, provides a government document to commemorate that big step (for a filing fee, of course). In fact, according to news site RocketNews24.com, since only one party need file the document, the town hopes the form becomes a strategic step to declare one's love without messy, face-to-face, rejection-risking confrontation (and also become a robust municipal-revenue producer).

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