Table tennis icon Ai Fukuhara was known to her millions of fans in China as the “Japanese Doll”. Photo: Kyodo
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Ai Fukuhara helped to bridge divides

  • The Japanese table tennis player also had links to mainland China and Taiwan
  • Her retirement prompted an outpouring of love from fans on all sides, the ultimate proof of the success of diplomatic soft power

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Table tennis icon Ai Fukuhara was known to her millions of fans in China as the “Japanese Doll”. Photo: Kyodo
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