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Fukuhara Ai

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Fol­low­ers: 4,080,454 by Novem­ber 13 Ja­panese na­tional ping-pong player Fukuhara Ai was ranked one of the month's most vis­ited mi­croblog­gers af­ter she an­nounced her re­tire­ment from the game. “I've played ping-pong since I was three and spent most of my time on the sport over the past three decades... At my wed­ding two years ago, I said that I wanted to take good care of my fam­ily first, and now see­ing so many younger play­ers work­ing hard for the sport, I feel se­cure to re­lease my pres­sure and shift to do some­thing that can pro­mote ping-pong,” she wrote in her “good­bye” post, fol­lowed by more than 70,000 ne­ti­zens. Hav­ing trained in China from the age of five, Ai speaks flu­ent Chi­nese and had many fans in China. She mar­ried Tai­wanese ping-pong player Chi­ang Hung-chieh in 2016, and has more than four mil­lion fol­low­ers on her Sina mi­croblog, where she is dubbed the most pop­u­lar Ja­panese ath­lete in China.

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