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Period-proof underwear designed to protect women from leaks and keep them feeling dry has become popular in Japan in recent years, and one Osaka mother with a young daughter has developed a similar product for girls who are starting to menstruate.

Mayumi Miyaguchi, owner of an apparel company in the city of Osaka, has produced a line of “absorbent shorts” for elementary and junior high school girls who may feel embarrassed about carrying sanitary napkins to school.

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