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Twenty seven years ago, Tom Hovasse arrived in Japan to play basketball. He would go on to become a star in the top Japanese league, but he never envisioned how his life would turn out.

Now, Hovasse is the boss of the country’s women’s basketball national team. The 50-year-old became the head coach for the “Akatsuki Five” earlier this month, becoming the first non-Japanese to take the helm.

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