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Widely known in China as the “riben guizi” (Japanese devil) for his portrayals of Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in local TV dramas, Koji Yano has become a popular emcee on a variety show watched by around 300 million Chinese.

It was a dream come true for the native Osakan, after a decade of ups and downs in Japan. Many consider Yano, 42, a trailblazer for the 20 to 30 Japanese actors and entertainers who have since pursued careers in China.

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