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Karolina Styczynska, a 20-year-old Polish university student, is dreaming of an unlikely career in Japan: becoming one of only a handful of foreign professional “shogi” players.

Styczynska first came across shogi — a chesslike board game — four years ago, when she was reading “Naruto,” a popular manga series that publisher Shueisha Inc. says has been translated into more than 30 languages, including English, French and Polish.

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