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Yuka Nakao
For Yuka Nakao's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 20, 2020
Young female divers help keep tradition alive
As Japan's ama (female divers) numbers dwindle, younger divers strive to find ways to pass down the culture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 13, 2020
Plain Japanese, please: Amid tourism boom, easy form of language could help ease communication
With Japan targeted by an ever increasing flood of visitors, the plain form of Japanese is spreading as a more inclusive means of communication in situations ranging from disasters to tourism.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 14, 2019
Saitama shiitake farmer looks to build on her mushrooming success
For Kaori Nukui, who grows Japanese tea and log-grown shiitake mushrooms, farming is a creative endeavor that allows her to turn her agricultural yield into unique products with a playful twist.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 2, 2019
Japan's gender problem is a 'human disaster,' says award-winning scholar Chizuko Ueno
After several high-profile incidents in recent years shone the spotlight on Japan's problems with sexism, a Japanese women's studies pioneer has been granted special recognition from Finland, a leading country in promoting gender equality.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Jun 2, 2019
Muslim siblings promote diversity with fashion and flowers
Raised by Indonesian Muslim parents in Tokyo, Aufa Yazid and Ghufron Yazid bring a cross-cultural perspective to fashion and art while adhering to their faith.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jan 26, 2019
After a challenging upbringing, Toyota prop forward Yusuke Yamada seeks to inspire youth
Yusuke Yamada, a 20-year-old prop forward for the Toyota Industries Shuttles, is one of the many rugby players excited about Toyota hosting 2019 Rugby World Cup matches.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 4, 2019
Foreign pair bring energy and fresh ideas to the table in Japan's traditional sake industry
When two foreign nationals dipped their toe into the traditional sake brewing industry as sales staff, they not only discovered the intricacies of the beverage, but they also came to understand the unique aspects of working in one of the country's most traditional industries.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 28, 2018
Halloween in Tokyo's Shibuya: Where did all the wicked wackiness get started?
Japan's rowdy, cosplay-themed Halloween celebrations have become famous around the world, with young people congregating in city hot spots and theme parks where they snap selfies in outrageous outfits and ghoulish get-ups.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2018
Japan strengthens cybersecurity cooperation with EU ahead of Olympics
Japan and the European Union are strengthening their cooperation on cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, where the city is expected to face a significant cyberthreat.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on