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In the run-up to next year’s Olympics, construction is everywhere — everywhere except, perhaps, in the places it is most needed. While the government is rushing to put its best foot forward and put a polish on Japan’s capital and environs, the situation is becoming increasingly dire in rural areas, which face not only an aging population, but a crumbling infrastructure and scant budget to patch it up.

Writing in Flash (Oct. 15), Osaka-based photojournalist Jiro Shinbo looked at the state of Japan’s deteriorating infrastructure in the aftermath of destructive Typhoon Faxai on Sept. 9.

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