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"The Things You Can Only Learn From Firsthand Experience" - Kiyoko Shimahara on What Needs to Change for Japanese Women

Part two of JRN's exclusive interview with Hokkaido Marathon course record holder, 2008 Honolulu Marathon winner and 2010 Asian Games Japanese national team member Kiyoko Shimahara (Second Wind AC) is now available in our JRNPremium subscription series. Shimahara talked to JRN shortly before her recent run at the Nagano Marathon about her training, life in Albuquerque, the flaws in the Japanese corporate team system and the Japanese national team selection process. It's a great read and one available only to subscribers. To subscribe, click here. Subscribers click here to log in.

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May: Japan's first Kenyan high school runner Stephen Mayaka, now a Japanese citizen and head coach of Sozo Gakuen University's ekiden team, in a solid gold one-on-one.

June: One half of the partnership responsible for discovering and bringing Kenyans including Samuel Wanjiru to Japan, Tsutomu Akiyama looks back on what his work has accomplished.

July: At the peak of the summer Hakone Ekiden training camp season, former Josai University runner Eiji Kobayashi talks in detail about the kind of hell young Japanese men put themselves through for the chance of touching the Hakone dream.

August: Japanese marathoning's greatest anti-hero Takeyuki Nakayama shows that time doesn't cool all anger.

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