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Yoshimoto to tie up with bathhouse operator.

OSAKA, July 22 Kyodo

Major entertainment firm Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. announced Monday it will link up with Jinendo Co., which operates 21 bathhouses nationwide, to start a business that combines comedy and bathhouses.

The Osaka-based entertainment agency said it will send its entertainers to Jinendo's ''Gokurakuyu'' bathhouses to entertain customers.

The two companies will occasionally offer Rakugo comic storytelling and magic shows performed by Yoshimoto entertainers, including noted comedian Toshio Sakata, at such facilities across Japan from September, Yoshimoto said.

Sakata said at a press conference that he hopes to make the bathhouses entertaining to the elderly and young people.

Yoshimoto's entertainers will first perform comic backchat Aug. 26 at one bathhouse each in the ancient city of Nara, and Satte, Saitama Prefecture, Yoshimoto said.

They also plan to hold karaoke singing competitions at the bathhouses so local residents can socialize with each other.
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