Hitomi Hanada

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

New book chronicles influential, short-lived Manchukuo film studio

Oct 19, 2015

New book chronicles influential, short-lived Manchukuo film studio

A recently published book tells the story of a short-lived Japanese film production company in the puppet state of Manchukuo and the pivotal role its workers played in the formation of the Chinese movie industry after World War II. The author, 95-year-old Fumiko Kishi, ...

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 ...