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For the first time in its history dating back some 1,300 years, a woman has become an apprentice of traditional “ukai” fishers along the Kiso River in central Japan.

Ukai fishermen use tamed cormorants. The city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, on Tuesday appointed Kotomi Inayama, 23, as an apprentice. She is the nation’s sixth female “ukai” fisher.

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