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People in [most / much] countries have stopped wearing masks. In Japan, many people are still covering [down / up] . Some of those who have gone maskless, or who want [maskless / to] , are taking lessons in how to smile. A lot of adults say they have [forgetting / "forgotten] how to smile naturally after three years of wearing a face [concealing / covering] . They are taking lessons from "smile coaches" to relearn how to smile with [confident / confidence] . One coach, Keiko Kawano from a "smile education" company, [spoke / speaks] to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper about her work. She said: "Mask wearing became [norm / normal] , so people had fewer opportunities to smile. Many people developed [the / a] complex about smiling. I want people to smile for their physical and [mentally / mental] wellbeing."

Smile coaches in Japan may [be / have] busy for some time to [come / go] . A recent survey by Laibo Research found that 27.8% of company employees in [them / their] 20s to 50s would continue to wear masks. Just [over / more] two-thirds of people said they would wear a mask [depending / depends] on the situation. Only 5.5% said they would go mask-free. Ms Kawano is well [knowing / known] in Japan. She has coached more than 4,000 people in the art of smiling. She has also trained hundreds [to / of] "smile specialists". She said: "Smiling makes a [well / good] impression on others and helps communication. It also has the [affect / effect] of making yourself feel more positive." She added: "Moving and relaxing the facial muscles is the [key / lock] to a good smile."

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