Amiri Afifa, a 24-year-old Afghan woman who lost one of her legs to a land mine at age 4, visited an orthotics and prosthetics maker in western Japan this summer to be fitted with an artificial limb for the second time.

"Does it hurt here?" prosthetist Hiromi Omori of Nakamura Brace Co. asked Afifa at the company's factory in Ota, Shimane Prefecture, while adjusting the socket of the new leg.

Omori watched Afifa, who had looked nervous at first, become noticeably relaxed and smile as she walked with the leg, which was specially crafted for her.