Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Dec 18, 2014

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kg (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. ...

Aug 17, 2014

40% of Tokyo's homeless targeted by violence: survey

About 40 percent of homeless people in Tokyo have been attacked or threatened on the street, a survey by a nonprofit organization has revealed. The Independent Life Support Center Moyai conducted the survey in June and July, interviewing nearly 350 street people aged between ...

Aug 1, 2014

Sumida schools confront assaults on the homeless

Elementary and junior high schools in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, have embarked on a new program to address a jump in violence against homeless people in the area. One of the sessions took place July 10 at Hikifune Elementary School, where two homeless men who ...

Dance pioneer puts homeless back on their feet

Jun 4, 2014

Dance pioneer puts homeless back on their feet

by Tomohiro Osaki

While walking on the streets of Tokyo 10 years ago, dancer and choreographer Yuki Aoki encountered a scene that remains indelibly etched into his memory. A crowd in Shinjuku cheered at a band of young street musicians amid a performance full of swagger and ...

Jul 13, 2013

Vote-stripped homeless left in election limbo

Despite having Japanese citizenship, homeless people cannot exercise voting rights guaranteed by the Constitution because they can’t register their temporary accommodations as official places of residence. There are no signs the situation will be taken up by candidates in the July 21 House of ...