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After the terrible Tokyo earthquake on 1 September 1923, Takeko Kujo dedicated her life to supporting relief work in the city's slums. She became a popular commentator on public affairs and wrote sublime pieces grounded in a practical world that was imbued with a profound spiritual life. She founded the Asoka Hospital - one of Japan's first modern medical centres - and the world-wide Buddhist Women's Association, which continues to thrive today.
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