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The Japanese Martial Art That Helps Keep the Peace

Mitsuru Hamasaki is a former police officer who has practiced kendo for nearly 60 years. Dating back roughly 2,000 years ago, kendo is taught to members of the Japanese police force as a means of building character and empathy. To Mitsuru, who is himself a kendo trainer, accessing this mindset is even more important than mastering technique.

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