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For Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, her sociopolitical outlook colors all aspects of her life, as a writer, educator or activist. “Activism runs through what I read and what I write and what I’m teaching; It’s all one big thing, as the same mindset invades all those activities. It is inescapable,” she says.

A strict vegan and advocate for women and animal rights, all of Joritz-Nakagawa’s interests merged in the countryside of Japan, where for more than 20 years she has reached students and readers, united fellow writers and similarly minded activists.

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