Aid worker Nahoko Takato continues her life work
breaking cycles of violence

Nahoko in Mosul following liberation from ISIS forces

There is little that Nahoko Takato has not seen or experienced. Seeking a change from her work operating a karaoke bar in her hometown of Chitose, Hokkaido, she left in 2000 to work with hospice patients in India, Thailand and Cambodia—an experience that she says opened the floodgates of her own emotions. She then traveled…

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Kimberly Hughes is a freelance writer, translator, editor, university educator and community organizer based in Tokyo. She was a longtime contributor of stories on grassroots socio-political movements for the Ten Thousand Things blog, and her feature stories on social issues, arts/culture and travel have appeared in publications including The Mainichi, The Diplomat, Kyoto Journal, Tokyo Weekender, Sixty-Six Magazine and Craftsmanship Quarterly.

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