'Yakult Lady' Chie Takamizawa

| Jun 25, 2009

"Yakult Lady" Chie Takamizawa

by Judit Kawaguchi

Chie Takamizawa, 30, is a “Yakult Lady” in downtown Tokyo. A mother of two boys, aged 8 and 9, she first got on her delivery bicycle when her second baby turned 8 months old. With almost eight years of speeding through alleys and avenues, ...

Keiko Aoki

| May 28, 2009

Keiko Aoki

by Judit Kawaguchi

Keiko Aoki, is the founder of Altesse, a New York consultancy firm, and the owner of an eponymous U.S. catering company that specializes in Japanese home cooking. Bitten by the business bug from the minute she flew to the Big Apple in 1985, Aoki’s ...

Actor/talent agent Eido Sumiyoshi

| May 14, 2009

Actor/talent agent Eido Sumiyoshi

by Judit Kawaguchi

Eighty-four-year-old Eido Sumiyoshi — aka Eddie Mohandas Sabnani, Eddie Arab, and Eddie Staire — is an actor and the founder of E-promotion, one of Japan’s first talent agencies specializing in foreign models and actors. The son of an Indian businessman and a Japanese interpreter, ...

Tenkai Tsunami

| Apr 9, 2009

Tenkai Tsunami

by Judit Kawaguchi

Tenkai Tsunami, 24, is the World Boxing Association (WBA) female super flyweight world champion, a title she earned after only four years of training with Toshihiro Yamaki, who introduced women’s boxing to Japan in 1999. At 160 cm and 52 kg, Tsunami is a ...

Makeup artist Yukiko Takeda

| Mar 26, 2009

Makeup artist Yukiko Takeda

by Judit Kawaguchi

Yukiko Takeda, 37, is chief makeup artist for Watosa, a skincare line created by famous beauty guru Sablo Watanabe. For the past 15 years, Yukiko has been making women look and feel so beautiful that over 80 percent of her first-time clients turn into ...

State minister Seiko Noda

| Feb 12, 2009

State minister Seiko Noda

by Judit Kawaguchi

Seiko Noda, 48, is Japan’s state minister in charge of science and technology policy, food safety, consumer affairs and space policy. As a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s Cabinet, she is entrusted with running 21 different ...

| Jan 29, 2009

Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara

by Judit Kawaguchi

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s ...