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How have RecursiveToStringStyle and JSON_STYLE using commons-lang3

I'm using the dependency:

    <dependency>
        <groupId>org.apache.commons</groupId>
        <artifactId>commons-lang3</artifactId>
        <version>3.4</version>
    </dependency>

I have the following objects:

public Class X {

  private String a;
  private String b;
  private Y y;
}

public Class Y {
  private String c;
  private String d;
}

And I need to log the content of the class X recursively to get the class Y as well and using the JSON style. That is my goal and this is the purpose of this question.

Approach 1:

ToStringStyle style = ToStringStyle.JSON_STYLE;
LOGGER.debug(ReflectionToStringBuilder.toString(new X(), style, false, false));

Approach 1 result:

{"a":"<a>","b":"<b>","y": com.<packages>[email protected]<hash>}

Approach 2:

RecursiveToStringStyle style = new RecursiveToStringStyle();
LOGGER.debug(ReflectionToStringBuilder.toString(new X(), style, false, false));

Approach 2 result:

[com.<packages>[email protected]<hash>[a=<a>,b=<b>,y=com.<packages>[email protected]<hash>[c=<c>,d=<d>]]

Successful Approach:

`Merge of Approach 1 and Approach 2` but how to achieve this? 

Successful Approach result (My goal):

{"a":"<a>","b":"<b>","y":{"c":"<c>","d":"<d>"}}