Hitomi Hanada

For Hitomi Hanada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Women see sushi as ticket abroad

Sep 18, 2013

Women see sushi as ticket abroad

In a profession dominated by men, an increasing number of women are training to be sushi chefs with a view to plying their trade overseas. In the past, women were not allowed to prepare sushi in Japan, based on a belief that their hands ...

Feb 15, 2002

Top-flight go player slams glass ceiling

In 1990, two years after becoming the first female go player in the world to earn the rank of 9th dan, Rui Naiwei left her homeland, China, for Japan, hoping to take on top professional Japanese players. But Rui, now 38, never had a ...