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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will open a temporary homeless shelter late this month in Kita-Shinjuku for people forced to leave a JR Shinjuku Station shantytown after a fire.

Officials said they can proceed with the plan now that local residents have been persuaded to allow the controversial project, officials said Thursday. The city will temporarily convert an old fire station building into a facility to accommodate the people and provide them with job-counseling services.

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