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There are over 30,000 love hotels in Japan offering couples a private place they can rent for an hour or three to enjoy physical relationships without the prying ears and ears of neighbours and family. With routes in Edo era brothels this multibillion-dollar business also makes up a quarter of the sex industry and the often interestingly and garishly decorated hotels are used as the offices of Japan large sex-industry. Pressure to give Japan a less sleazy image have not only caused name changes to the establishments, they are now often called Fashion Hotels, but has also cut down on some of the more salacious decor inside. Indeed as Japan ages and the young people increasingly find romantic relationship tedious and unnecessary many fear for the survival of this unusual and often iconic buildings.