Meet Japan’s first female commercial airline captain

Originally told she was too short to attend aviation school, Ari Fuj defied doubters to become Japan’s first female commercial airline captain. Here’s her story.

Ari Fuji was at high school when she realized she wanted to earn her wings and become a pilot.
But growing up in Japan, where female pilots were largely unheard of, it was a dream that meant reaching for the sky.
“The wall was high,” she tells CNN Travel. “The Self Defense Forces weren’t recruiting women because there were no female pilots back then. I realized, all of a sudden, that the route to becoming a pilot was unexpectedly narrow.”
To make matters worse, Fuji was also too small to qualify for the country’s Civil Aviation College.

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