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The population of a temporary tent village set up for people who have lost their jobs and housing had exceeded 300 by Friday compared with about 130 on New Year’s Eve when volunteers first established it in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park, organizers said.

“People here have been worn out due to the cold . . . an emergency shelter such as a gymnasium is necessary as soon as possible,” said a leader of the organizers, who said the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry was asked to act fast.

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