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Subtle aid for women facing abuse in disaster-hit areas via The Japan Times Online

SENDAI — At a glance, it appears to be nothing more than a hand massage. In a corner of a shelter for survivors of the March disasters in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, members of the NPO Miyagi-Jonet are trying to provide some respite for stressed-out female survivors.

A woman walks her bicycle through a temporary housing district in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, in early September. Only, unbeknownst to the residents, one of those members is a lawyer specializing in women’s issues, including sexual assault and domestic violence.

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