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Mieko is the grandmother of long time Thrive Causemetics employee, Karly Kurata. She was born in Japan, and during the beginning of WWII she escaped to Mongolia as a young child. As the eldest, Mieko looked after her siblings and cousins while traveling by open train cars. She eventually moved to America to build a new life.

Mieko never stopped being the matriarch, and always supported her children and grandchildren. Throughout her life she displayed strength, tenacity, and extreme courage.

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