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For Mai Yoshikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Miyavi is on a mission to change Japan's tune on refugees

Culture Jul 23, 2019

Miyavi is on a mission to change Japan's tune on refugees

In his lesser-known role as a refugee advocate, Miyavi, aka the samurai guitarist, asks that people look beyond the headline numbers before declaring Japan unwelcoming to asylum-seekers. Despite Japan taking in only 42 refugees in 2018 — accepting less than 1 percent of applicants — ...

Nail technician gets the upper hand

Lifestyle Jan 20, 2019

Nail technician gets the upper hand

Nail technician Naoko Takano, who has spent half of her life tending to the nails of customers, including a roster of celebrity clients, talks about the nail art boom in Japan.

Shuichi Takizawa: The comedian with a knack for trash talk

Culture Oct 15, 2018

Shuichi Takizawa: The comedian with a knack for trash talk

Have you ever thought about where your trash goes after it's tossed into a basket and whisked away by the garbage truck that shows up like clockwork every week? If not, comic Shuichi Takizawa says now is the time to think about it. Though he may ...

Can Japan become a 'fitness nation'? Aya thinks so

Lifestyle Sep 26, 2018

Can Japan become a 'fitness nation'? Aya thinks so

Don't be fooled by her child-like grin and bubbly down-to-earth personality. Aya Osanai is serious about her mission to rewrite the rules of fitness and front a campaign to get Japan into shape. Although she appears very much the girl next door in her cropped ...