Tag - homeless



Homeless people sleep on the street in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in August 2021.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 26, 2024
Number of homeless in Japan hits record low
By prefecture, the figure for Osaka was highest, at 856, followed by Tokyo, with 624, and Kanagawa, at 420.
Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in a legal fight over homelessness and a bid by Grants Pass, Oregon, to enforce local laws against people camping on public property
WORLD / Politics
Apr 23, 2024
U.S. Supreme Court scrutinizes laws used against the homeless
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case about whether a city in Oregon banning camping outside on public streets and parks violates the Constitution.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Mar 1, 2024
Japan Times 1924: Japan nice but men dress in queer ways
A piece by women visiting Tokyo gives us a century-old take on what tourists in the 1920s thought of "weird Japan."
Many young people who feel neglected at home flock to the Toyoko area to find a community where they can fit in.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Feb 5, 2024
Toyoko Kids: The lonely street children of Tokyo
Bound together by shared neglect and marginalization, the group have formed a distinct, social media-linked youth subculture on the streets of Shinjuku.
Holiday classic "Tokyo Godfathers" centers on three homeless people who have formed a makeshift family.
Dec 23, 2023
Satoshi Kon’s unexpected anime classic for the holidays
The late director and animator's "Tokyo Godfathers" celebrates 20 years with new screenings.
The "Toyoko" area in Tokyo's Kabukicho entertainment district
JAPAN / Society
Oct 8, 2023
Japan considers shelters for young runaways
The Children and Families Agency hopes the shelters will help prevent youth involvement in downtown area crime.
Volunteers work at a Salvation Army mobile health clinic in Montreal on Sept. 22. Canada, despite being a wealthy nation, is gripped by a surge in homelessness that has seen thousands of people living in the streets after being priced out of real estate and rental markets.
WORLD / Society
Oct 5, 2023
Homelessness explodes in Canada as rents and housing prices soar
Researchers warn government data is vastly underestimating the number of homeless across the country.
A man sells The Big Issue Japan magazine in Osaka in April 2020.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 5, 2023
The Big Issue Japan marks 20 years of tackling homelessness
The publication has survived many challenges during its 20-year journey, including the global financial crisis of 2008 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 11, 2023
Concern over spate of videos targeting homeless people in Japan
Some posts show homeless people being filmed without permission and being teased. Supporters say that the videos make fun of vulnerable people.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2023
Aid focus turns to the homeless and destitute in aftermath of Turkey quake
The quake killed at least 38,044 people in southern Turkey, officials said on Friday, while authorities in neighboring Syria have reported 5,800 deaths.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2023
Japan Times 1948: Tojo's stock rises but he is not likely to become a martyr
News at the start of the new year often focuses on holiday celebrations and feel-good stories as the front pages of 1923 and 1948 show.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Aug 21, 2021
Could a Japanese influencer's comments about the homeless lead to hate crimes?
Whether it was an attempt to be funny, edgy or 'keep it real,' a YouTuber's remarks that insinuated the lives of homeless people are worthless did not go over well with his audience.
Japan Times
Jul 1, 2021
Japan's homeless among those struggling to access COVID-19 vaccines
Pregnant women at their parents' home to give birth, students away from home and company employees living apart from their families may all need to contact local authorities to access shots.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
May 31, 2021
Pandemic wreaks havoc on Japan's homeless as government touts 'self-reliance'
As the coronavirus scourge continues to wreak havoc on the economy, the burden is unduly falling on so-called nonregular workers whose employment is unstable.
Japan Times
Feb 28, 2021
Pandemic puts pressure on Japan to open up rice stockpile to charities
As job losses have surged due to the impact of the spread of the novel coronavirus, demand for food handouts has skyrocketed in Japan.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 6, 2021
On the brink: Canada care workers struggle to make ends meet in pandemic
Personal support workers (PSWs) have long wrestled with housing insecurity in expensive Canadian cities, but the pandemic has worsened the situation for many.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2020
How hostile design keeps Japan's homeless at arm's length
In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, a 46-year-old man allegedly struck a 64-year-old woman sitting in a Tokyo bus shelter in the head with a bag of rocks, killing her. On Nov. 21, the man, accompanied by his mother, turned himself in to the police, who charged him with inflicting a fatal injury. The...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 11, 2020
Rags to riches: CEO of ¥100 billion startup comes up from the streets
Taihei Kobayashi's story is among the most remarkable to emerge from a small-cap stock boom that's minting fortunes.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2020
China scores big against poverty but the poor haven’t gone away
Almost 90% of the population was below the international poverty threshold in 1981, according to the World Bank; by the 2019, that was under 1%.
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2020
Kochi initially excluded homeless from cash handout program
The authorities said their reasoning was that most such people are members of anti-social organizations such as organized crime syndicates.


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