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Homeless people living at JR Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials clashed again August 25 as a group protested efforts by officials to provide them job counseling and accommodations at nearby facilities.

The group of about 50 homeless people, claimed that such counseling would be useless because the temporary accommodation term of up to one month is too short and would only serve to provide the metropolitan government with an excuse to forcibly evict all homeless people from the station’s underground concourse. The group took over a tent set up on the concourse by the metropolitan government for the job counseling session. When the officials tried to enter the tent, they met with resistance from some of the homeless people who surrounded them and shouted in protest. The officials were driven out of the concourse and forced to abandon plans to begin the counseling service.

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