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

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 ...

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

Film Jun 28, 2018

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

When life gave her lemons, film star Kirin Kiki didn't make lemonade, but wild grass enzyme juice. It's the only thing that has satisfied her taste buds since her advanced-stage cancer caused her to lose her appetite, and even her desire for alcohol has vanished ...