Woman trucker breaks stereotypes in Japan

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Yukino Takanashi is a bit of a celebrity in her native Japan, and she happens to be a 24-year-old truck driver.

Yukino drives one of the extremely tricked out trucks called dekotora, or decorated truck, popular with many of that country’s drivers. After college, she tells Vice, she worked as a dental assistant until she was old enough to get her CDL and follow in her father’s footstep. He’s still a trucker today and she recounts how he used to pick her and her sisters up after school in his truck.

While she enjoys driving her dump truck, she aspires to go over the road with a tractor-trailer eventually.

Read her completed story.