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How To Be Homeless in Japan

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Why Japan's Homeless are Different from North America's (Part 1)

One day while walking around Shinjuku, a major hub for government and business in Tokyo, Japan, I noticed a shelter built by a homeless man. It looked semi-permanent, but more importantly, had solar panels on it. I thought this was very different than the homeless I encountered in my former city of Vancouver, Canada, so I started to investigate homelessness in Japan.

I was lucky enough to interview Professor Tom Gill, who has researched homelessness and other societal issues in Japan for many years.

This is part 1 of a series of videos I'm making about the homeless in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave in the comments. Thanks for watching.

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Housing Japan's Homeless (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we talk once again with Professor Tom Gill from Meiji Gakuin University as well as take a tour of a doya (flophouse) and doya-gai's (skid rows) in Tokyo (San'ya) and Yokohama (Kotobukicho).

In parts 4 and 5, we'll talk with some formerly homeless individuals, follow along with an NPO (Non-profit organization), and get a grasp on the overall state of homelessness in Japan.

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Who are Japan's Homeless? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we talk once again with Professor Tom Gill from Meiji Gakuin University. He talks about how homelessness in Japan was around the turn of the century and who the stereotypical homeless people were at that time.

Conditions and attitudes have changed, and the government has a couple programs in place to aid the poor and homeless, which we'll cover in part 3.

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Meeting and Helping Japan's Homeless (Part 4)

This is part 4 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we get together with Sanyukai ( which is a non profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless and former homeless.

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Homeless in Japan

In this video I show you some places homeless people sleep.

【日本の闇】川辺で暮らすホームレス Homeless in Japan living on the river side

愛知県名古屋市の山崎川にて撮影。鍋で何かを煮炊きしているようです。すぐ近くに瑞穂陸上競技場があります。
Photographed at the Yamazaki River in Nagoya Aichi. He is making a meal in a pot.There is Mizuho Athletics Stadium in the vicinity.
Japan is cruel to homeless people.

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Homeless in Japan

Japan has been a late bloomer among the industrialized countries in developing a sizable homeless population. After the bubble economy burst, it became a problem that the government could not ignore. But sadly, policies have continued to exclude and keep homeless from reintegrating back into society.

With the average age of the homeless being 56 years old it seems as if the government is waiting for the problem to die (literally) instead of taking action.

If you are wondering why all of the homeless are men in this video, it is because 96% percent of the homeless in Japan are male. Other interesting facts are that there are quit literally no homeless children.

These are just a few of the unique aspects of the homeless in Japan.

All pictures were taken by me either in Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, or Okinawa Japan

Music was recorded from a two man group preforming outside of Hirakatashi eki.

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Visible Homeless in Tokyo, Japan

Join me as I go on a walk around Shinjuku, a major government and business district in Tokyo, exploring the living conditions of the visible homeless.

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Disclaimer: Everything presented is simply my observations and some anecdotes I've heard. This is the start of my investigation into the homeless issues that Japan faces, so take what I say as uninformed opinion, not fact. This is very early on in my research, but I wanted to share what I've seen so far.

What prompted me to investigate homelessness, is that the visible homeless in Tokyo seem quite different than the visible homeless I encountered in Vancouver, Canada or in San Francisco, United States. In Vancouver, you can see many homeless that suffer from mental illness, have drug and drinking addictions, and are survivors of abuse. In San Francisco, the homeless I encountered were more visible in the well-trafficked areas and were vocal in their begging. In Tokyo, the homeless seem to be quiet, respectful of others, and organized (in that they kept their belonging relatively tidy). They also didn't appear to suffer from apparent mental issues. They seemed to have their act together enough that I figure they would be able to make use of the social safety net and not have to live on the streets. So why are they on the streets?

In the video, and even in writing this, I'm very worried about the terminology that I've used. The homeless are marginalized and I don't want to marginalize them even more. So I'm struggling with coming up with the right way to phrase things, and I'm afraid I haven't done the best of jobs. So if it's not apparent, here's my stance. I think we live in wealthy societies and that poorest and unfortunate should be able to live in peace and comfort, as well as given opportunities to ameliorate their situation. How this is achieved, I don't think we quite know yet, otherwise homelessness wouldn't be an issue.

I didn't ask this in the video, but what kind of questions around homeless in Tokyo/Japan do you think I should investigating. And as I did ask in the video, what does the visible homeless (and the non-visible as well) look like where you're from?

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Homeless In Japan - Community Center - ENGLISH

Pastor Marcel & Chiaki Gadsden are on the move to start a community center that will serve the community while supporting the poor and needy in Tokyo, Japan!
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Muslim in Japan feed the Homeless

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Japanese Man Shares His Homeless Experience

The Lotus Flower is a short documentary about one incredible man and his journey through homelessness and his recovery. I hope this documentary will encourage others who have experienced tragedy, faced hardships or felt they have fallen on the wayside. Special thanks to Itabashi-san for sharing his incredible story through homelessness. Without him this documentary would not have been possible.

The Lotus Flower は驚くべき素晴らしい1人の男性がホームレスから今に至るまでの様子を描いたドキュメンタリーです。
私はこのドキュメンタリーが悲惨な出来事や耐え難い苦難に直面し、この社会から存在感を失っているような思いしている人々を励ますことを信じています。
この素晴らしい経験を共有してくださったItabashiさんに感謝します。彼無くしてこのドキュメンタリーの制作は不可能でした。

Hyubsama - Feeding The Homeless Japan 082818 (Morning Bycicle Ride)


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2019年8月の「寿町」のようす Japan's slum homeless.

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Feeding The Homeless In Japan

WE ENDED UP HOMELESS! | JAPAN TRAVEL VLOG

We have arrived, but there was one problem. There was no more train to Nagoya. We had to camp out in Kansai Airport for the night and ride the train the next day. It will be an experience we will never forget. One for the books, bucket list checked. Haha! WE ARE IN JAPAN! Join us as we journey the busy streets several cities here in the next 13 days!


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Hyubsama - Feeding The Homeless Japan 082618 (Morning Bycicle Ride)


【転載動画】山谷炊き出し Japan's poverty, Homeless【Asakusa,Tokyo】January 2019

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日本のホームレス事情。
Japanese homeless circumstances.
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