photo: Kenyan Mekubo Mogusu of Yamanashi Gakuin Univ. on the way to a 57:01 course record at the 2007 Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai 20 km.
An article I wrote for the May issue of Running Times magazine looking at the role of African runners in Japan is now available online. The article includes quotes and material from interviews with Stephen Mayaka, the first Kenyan high school runner in Japan, Tsutomu Akiyama, one of the people responsible for beginning the recruitment of Kenyan student runners including Samuel Wanjiru, and Ethiopian Biruk Bekele, winner of the 1996 Hokkaido Marathon and now an agent for other Ethiopians within the Japanese system. The complete interview with Mayaka appears in serialized form in this month's issue of JRNPremium, and next month's issue will feature the complete Akiyama interview. To read these and other JRNPremium interviews, click here to subscribe.