Ron of Japan - Northbrook
Ron of Japan - Northbrook

Ron of Japan - Northbrook

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With your choice of Japanese favorites such as seafood, chicken, steak and vegetables artfully grilled on an iron plate, our phenomenal tableside cooking experience at Ron of Japan is truly an experience worth sharing.

For an evening you’ll never forget - whether you’re with a group or you’re seeking a taste of something extravagant - you’re never alone. Join us at Ron of Japan to celebrate an occasion with a unifying dining experience that emphasizes the Japanese element with a uniquely familiar sense of friendship and flavor.

Ron of Japan is distinguished by our highly trained chefs who put their culinary eccentricities on display while they blend their classic cooking technique into our bold flavors - giving you an invigorating and delicious teppan-grilled specialty.
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Ron of Japan - Northbrook reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
62% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (34)good for groups (33)kid-friendly (24)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (9)romantic (4)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Japanese all the way!
    Dionisi
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    What a beautiful restaurant. This restaurant has been in Northbrook for a long time and it has gone through some beautiful updates. My husband noticed the new patio. And I noticed the new bar area. I grew up coming here and their are many new faces. But this place has its act together. Service at our table was very polite. The cook at my table did an amazing job on my fish and my husbands filet. The one thing they should do more of is the fire at the table. My children loved it. Great job to the new team at Ron of Japan.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing; front desk attitude
    linmath
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had a reservation, but they said I couldn't order for 20-30 minutes. However,bartender said I could order an appetizer from the kitchen , so I ordered sushi, which was fine. Sayonara cocktail was also tasty. Then came the dreadful main dish; vegetables reminded of bad 1950's Chinese food, overcooked western veggies. The chicken overly-salty, cooked in too much soy sauce, and the shrimp actually inedible--overcooked and floating on one-third inch of pure cooking oil, covered in a tasteless "egg" sauce, (something completely foreign to Japanese cuisine.) The "egg" sauce had no flavor whatsoever, and appeared to consist mostly of corn starch--again, 1950's style chinese cooking.
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  • such a dissapointment
    penguinpersonVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food is made at the table, but not coordinated. We got our rice 20 minutes before getting our vegetables, which was 15 minutes before our meat! We couldn't eat the dish as it was supposed to be eaten or else it would be cold and hard. We could not get our water glasses refilled. At some point we had to find a pitcher of water and re-fill them ourselves. We were there two hours because the meal was so late. And the meal is just basically stir fry you could make at home but the rice would be eaten with the rest of the meal, and water would be available.
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  • birthday dinner
    favfood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I have been going to the northbrook ron of japan for many years. And it never disappoints. We brought a first time diner and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. And we are all excited for our next dinner there.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time.
    TiberiusGracchus
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Nice time as always. Our server came off a touch off-putting at first but then warmed up. Our chef was great. The kids loved it. He gave us an extra big flame encore at the end which the kids loved, but...our boss server had a scolding for him later stage left. I guess that was my only gripe. Give a good show, be friendly, and all is good. I tipped well nonetheless and she was a different person after that.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Thank you Sarah! Daniel and the rest of the staff went above and beyond once again. Daniel exceeded preparation as usual! Food was DELISH! See you soon!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • I highly recommend
    Aikigirl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I am originally from Japan and have taken my family from Japan for birthday celebration dinner. We were four kids and four adults. Ambience was like from an old Japanese story. Foods were surpringly good. Service was well tought and very considerate. We all really liked our experience and would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The steak was fantastic
    Donna
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It melted in your mouth, we also had the scallops with egg batter sauce. A little know fact, you should have the chef fry the tails of the shrimp. The become crispy and people eat them like potato chips. i was skeptical but they were very good. My family has been going here for years and while we used to have a real fun show put on, the last two times has been just a really nice and personable chef that did no tricks or show but was a very good chef and was very accommodating. We still enjoyed it a lot. Also the chef was hispanic, not janaese but still very good and super nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • observation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    food is excellent...service is too slow for a table with a hot grill ready to cook on.we were uncomfortable waiting for our "chef" to cook for us
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've been here before but my boyfriend hasn't so we went for his birthday. Good food, sat with an interesting group of gentleman. Drink service was really slow
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Hit!
    Mike
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant for years and it never disappoints. The salad dressing and the shrimp topping are both the best! We learned a new one tonight and that was to just order the salad and order two portions of the appetizer shrimp. We have always ordered the Crown dinners because of the amount of food, but if you just need a fix of the shrimp, the appetizers would be perfect. Service is always good and a great mix of specialty drinks are available too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Server was horribly rude and the chef making our food did nothing to make the process fun/entertaining, he just cooked and looked bored. Disappointing all around.
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  • Disappointing
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    First the hostess couldn't find my reservation. I haven't been here for awhile and I thought the prices were on the high side for what you got. You paid extra for the fried rice and it didn't have much in it. The best part was the shrimp that was very tasty. I don't think I'll be back.
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  • Family Favorite
    emcg
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My family has been coming here for birthdays since I was little. It is great for big groups, but keep in mind that they sit multiple parties at one table. If you are not social, or comfortable sitting with strangers, this is not the place for you…However when I went for my mom's birthday, in the past, she got along so well with our table mates, she left with the woman to see a movie after dinner! The most recent time I went, I sat at the bar waiting for the rest of my party to come. The bartender made a flight of their signature cocktails before I even ordered a drink! (No charge) My dad ordered a draft beer and when our table was called, the bartender refilled his beer without charge. You will leave full, portions are huge, but delicious!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Group Spot
    DBLChi1
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The place is like a 1978 time warp but the kitschy-ness is fun as long as you know what you're in for. I brought a group of business associates from out of town & it's perfect for a big group. The portions are quite large and food is good quality. Be warned though that you are often sat with strangers. The poor high school couple sitting at our table was mortified...
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acceptable but not for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was good, but not great. It was overpriced for the quality and quantity. The worst part is being crammed into an undersized table and spending the entire meal with the cook's armpit in your face and having to repeatedly dodge his elbow as it whips across your plate. At these prices, surely Ron can spare some bigger tables.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always
    ROJfan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Ron of Japan never ceases to amaze us! The food, drinks and overall ambience was terrific! We love and always look forward to our evening here! We brought friends this time around (they hadn't been here in many years) and they are still raving!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ron's is #1
    Randy1203
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm totally addicted !! Can't get enough of that egg sauce !!!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic
    Stashasmom
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We've been coming here for years, and the food and service are always great!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Sadly disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I made reservations for 6 for a Birthday and while the food was good, the overall experience was sadly VERY disappointing. It's a very large colorful restaurant, which is why I chose it even though it's much further from our home than two different Benihana restaurants. Even though we had made reservations, AND the restaurant had numerous open tables (beautiful booths by the windows and trickling ponds etc.) we were escorted past these tables to a small back room which looked more like a back bar room, with extra chairs stacked up next to our table. The ventilation was poor, the room was hot and stuffy, and as we left (2 hrs later) we noticed at least 4 or more of the "pretty" area booths were STILL open. Sad and expensive evening.
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  • Good, but management inflexible
    ErloVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Have been going to Ron of Japan for years. While the new management has made some nice changes to the physical restaurant, they continue to be far less customer-friendly than the old management. My wife and I who both have birthdays in July and both signed up for the Birthday Club (via email) continue to receive only a single email on her birthday. We have asked and repeatedly signed up, yet only one coupon arrives. When we approached management this week to celebrate both of our birthdays there with a large group, they refused to even look at my license as proof of my birthday, nor would they verify that they had my name on their Birthday Club sign up. The food continues to be good, but just don't expect customer-centricity.
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    special occasion
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  • Dissapointed
    Unhappy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It has been several years since we last dined here. The food was not at all like we remember. Used to be so very good so we were very dissapointed with our recent experience. The beef fried rice had too much ground beef in it and the chicken was very overcooked and dry. Had to wait an extremely long time to have drinks refilled. The chef was very nice but did not put on any kind of show while preparing the meal and he was rather slow. For the price that was paid i would not recommend going to this location.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 174 reviews are from the Ron of Japan - Northbrook reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This place has been around for as long as I can remember. Whoever owns the place now has figured out how to polish a neighborhood gem and make it even better. Egg sauce is the same but the quality of food, service and drinks have improved over the last few years, the owners seem to be striving to make this place a head and shoulder above the rest best in their class of restaurants. Go and have a fun time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • So Disappointing
    diner2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Over priced, not very flavorful. Used to be much better. Waiter terrific, chef ok, table busser horrible.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Don't take service for granted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Overall Ron of Japan has never failed on food quality; nothing remarkable about their service, nothing or no one really stands out. We had to tell the receptionist twice that we are here to be seated. I think this restaurant has been around for way too long, guests will come as a tradition for something different even if it's a little pricey, and as a result the service can be taken for granted, I.e. When the ice cream was served they were melted and dripping all over the cup onto the table and this did not bother the server one bit. It bothered all the guests who got the ice cream because we didn't know how to deal with all the mess right in front of us. It doesn't matter whether it's a pricey restaurant or not.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average night out
    Fred
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were seated in the back room, corner and the seating temperature was very uneven, part of our group was very hot and those sitting near the cooling vents were fine. The food was good, but nothing special and the chef as adequate, without too much personality.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster shrimp egg sauce
    Steve
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    If you get those, you'll be in heaven. Plus the fried rice... Steak is tender, juicy, but not flavorful.
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    special occasion
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  • Needed better hosts
    TotalPower
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We came on time after reserved online reservation, the table was not ready for at least 15 min , the host couldn't pronounce our last name or the first name (that are simple to). A host Accompanied us to a table of 4 as the reservation was for a party of 6, now we got to wait longer. 10 more minutes of wait we got to seat behind a table but got a little out of patient and headed to leave the restaurant and try to look for another one. suddenly appeared a nice man that stopped me and asked why we are leaving? appears that he was the owner, he saved our day with his kindness and we stayed for our dinner.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delivers
    foodfreak
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Ron of Japan is my favorite place for Japanese Tappanyaki dining. Their egg sauce is by far the best anywhere. The steak is always cooked to perfection and their fried rice is addictive. Best of all, it's family dining and kid friendly. Highly recommended and never disappointed!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful
    unhappy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    bad service, overpriced, food equal to a mall food court.
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  • lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Took my father here for Father's Day and didn't enjoy my meal at all. The food was very bland and very overpriced. We didn't get all the bells and whistles of a good show either. They sort of cooked the food and that was it. Pretty quiet and boring for my taste. Service was very slow also. 4:30 reservation and didn't get to eat until around 6. It was incredibly warm in the room also. Left feeling a little "clammy". My father enjoyed himself but he's over 70 and just happy to spend time out with his children. He smiled the entire time. My brother and I, however, left underwhelmed and hungry. Benihanas would have been a much better choice for this type of meal. Others may love it but I won't be back.
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  • good dinner
    Goodtime
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    always enjoy dinner here. took granddaughter for her 1st visit
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    special occasion
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  • Great Birthday Celebration
    Raygun17VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This restaurant is close to I94 and has parking available. We arrived for early for our 7:30 reservation and waited in the bar area. It was comfortable and dimly lit. We were able to watch the Blackhawks playoff game until the rest of our party arrived. The beer selection is basic, but that was not why we came. The hostess seated us once everyone arrived and we were greeted warmly by our chef for the evening. The food was prepared well and the steaks we ordered were cooked to each of our specifications. I would return.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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  • My favorite place
    TanMan
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Just got back in town from 4 months in Florida! Party of 6 straight to Rons (it was my nephew's birthday). The food is consistently outstanding. Tonight was no different. It's not on the menu but ask for the tofu appetizer. Delicious! I had shrimp and steak. Perfect grilled fillet, --the egg sauce is addictive. Wife had chicken and shrimp. The best chicken. It's tender, grilled, but cooked through. The birthday boy ordered SHOGUN. Fillet and Lobster tail with egg sauce. I definitely commandeered a few bites. They now have Sapporo on draft. Fresh crisp cold, --(love tap beer and I love Sapporo). Wife and sis in law had Super Mai Tais! They have really upgraded the environ. All new decor, bar, bathrooms! Ron's is outstanding!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ron of Japan
    dine4luv4food
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had a great time... We go here every year for my hubby's birthday. This year was different. Food was okay. Usually it's fabulous but this year, just okay. What's missing in the menu are Japanese noodle dishes. That would make it more kid friendly. Waitress was not that good. Usually we only had to say it once that it was my hubby's birthday but had to say it 3 different times. Also had to keep finding a waitress to take our drink order. Sub par service and it wasn't even peak hours for dinner. Came early at 5:15pm on a Sunday.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Great food...
    SuebeeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The Shogun dinner was great! Our sushi was so fresh and made to order. Drinks were delish! Everything was superb!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy special occasions...
    Yvette
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary AND daughter completing 2nd year of college. Fun to watch food prep at the table, enjoy a glass of wine, and enjoy a delightful dinner - such a treat to have Ron of Japan in the area! Thank you!
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special treat!
    17harmony4
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We all love Ron of Japan. Always have consistently good food.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time with Friends
    JchetVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been coming here for years and the food is great. There is a lot of courses, however I have noticed the portions over the past year have gotten smaller. I do like to new dessert options. The waitress was terrible and slow. We had to ask all the time for water and we sat there for twenty minutes before we got the soup and another 15 for the salad. We sat a long time with out getting any food. We had to keep asking for her and got attitude when she did come over. The cook and the food were great!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • food great not as fun as i remember
    miab20
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My filet was delicious and the food was adequately flavored. The chef wasn't as entertaining as i remember. Our family wasn't crazy about sharing a table with other groups.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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