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Regarding Tomohiro Osaki’s Dec. 30 article, “Shibuya shuts parks, thwarting soup runs“: For the past 22 years, I have been delivering rice balls to the homeless in the Shibuya Station area through the Tokyo Union Church.

In the early years, our route included the B1 and B2 exits of the station area where the homeless could get in a few hours sleep in the warm basement hallway. Suddenly the station hired guards to keep the homeless out under the guise of cleaning those halls. Another area of our delivery was two levels of Miyashita Park. Well, the homeless were removed from there to build Nike sports areas.

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