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Heartfelt Valentine's Day letters sweeter than candy

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Giving chocolates to your loved ones on Valentine's Day is lovely, but how about sending them a heartfelt letter on this special day?

This proposal was made in 2011 by the Japan Paper Association, an industry organization made up of major paper manufacturers.

The association has since sponsored an annual letter-writing contest that requires all entries to be written on paper--in defiance, so to speak, of this digital era. Over the last seven years, more than 24,000 letters have been sent in.

A 20-year-old woman, who works part time, wrote to her male colleague: "I really love it when you and I race to the train station after finishing our shift. It's........

© The Asahi Shimbun