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

Hanyu ready to take center stage at NHK Trophy

Nov 25, 2016

Hanyu ready to take center stage at NHK Trophy

Reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will essentially be competing against himself at this weekend's NHK Trophy. After setting three world records in two nights a year ago at this event, the final leg of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, the fans at ...

Japan Paralympian ready to race in Rio

/ Sep 6, 2016

Japan Paralympian ready to race in Rio

Kazumi Nakayama had always been an athlete, but the disability she developed later in life made her a more determined one and opened the doors to a world she had never imagined. Nine years after a critical injury to her spine left her legs paralyzed, ...

Ukulele master dedicated to narrowing Japan-U.S. culture gap

Jul 1, 2016

Ukulele master dedicated to narrowing Japan-U.S. culture gap

If any barriers are hindering Japan and the United States from achieving ultimate social harmony, Jake Shimabukuro hopes that his music can break the ice. Born and raised in Hawaii, the fifth-generation Japanese-American ukulele virtuoso gets the best of both worlds with a 'Wa' on ...