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With the number of traditional “ama” female divers declining nationwide, their elderly ranks have stepped up efforts to recruit younger divers and promote their products as a formal brand to make the occupation more financially rewarding.

The time and effort put into landing their catches makes them “taste better,” said Nayomi Oi, a diver in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, as she spread out seaweed she pulled from the Sea of Japan to dry.

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