In the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, those working at the centre have found an unexpected way to plug in: the white Nissan LEAF parked outside.   

Outside, there are the familiar scenes of devastation: Rubble. Mud. Broken power lines. But inside the volunteer centre in Nagano Prefecture in the heart of Japan, power tools are charging, a photocopy machine whirrs, and the smells of boiled rice and fresh coffee fill the air.

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