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Japan disaster tech aims to solve water problems during crises

Small companies find a place to shine as risks of extreme weather events rise

In disasters, people can take showers with water purified by equipment developed by the Tokyo-based company Wota. (Photo courtesy of Wota Corp.)

TOKYO -- As climate change brings elevated risks of extreme weather events, companies in disaster-prone Japan are seeking business opportunities in providing unique solutions to water problems during disasters. Startups and small companies are finding a place to shine in this relatively niche area.

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