The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Hibiya Park Tent Village update


According to this article here in the Japan Times, the Health and Welfare Ministry under who`s very noses the Anti-Poverty group, Moyai set up their tent village in Hibiya Park have graciaously let  many of the homeless, who did not have a room in a tent, sleep inside their auditorium. Until 9am on the 5th of January that is!

This proves two things: firstly the Ministry likes to spin its failings into positive headlines that make it look caring and decisive; secondly all those high paid bureaucrats at the ministry must start work pretty late on Monday if the place doesn`t need to be emptied until 9am.

Still, something is better than nothing, the nights are cold now and though volunteers provide food, blankets and a place to kick off your shoes and relax a while in the village, as above, many needy people have turned up and are having to sleep outside all around the Park as the tents have gotten filled up.



2 responses

  1. The recent layoffs by the car makers are big news here in Nagoya. Aichi is home to Toyota and Denso, and many workers on short term contracts have been laid off. Frightening stuff.

    January 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

  2. yes Nick the companies are running scared and using the excuse, if you ask me, to make people work more for less. This iis hopefully part of a larger project on Japan`s underclass that some friends and i are doing here and am thinking of heading into your nek of the woods soon to photograph the workers that are sleeping in cars where they`ve been laid off and thrown out of company dorms to be made homeless. This group is especially made up Brazilians and Peruvians. any info you have or can find out would be greatly appreciated too.

    January 4, 2009 at 5:01 am

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