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The Sleepers

The Sleepers in the Forest.  In Japan in June is the period of rain. "When it rains, after 11 pm, is free the underside of the Metropolitan Government Office building, and all those who live in the park or on the road of Shinjyuku know it well," said Yamasaki, a seller of the magazine The Big Issue Japan. Two years ago he lost his job for health reasons and later became a homeless. From time, in central park of Shinjyuku there are tents. "We were many, but some of people here are taken away from social assistance but they are often unable to get back into society and become alcoholics.", says Masaru Sato who lives in the park for ten years. He is sixty-six years old and he was married, has four children which one of them is from relationship with his lover. He has not seen his children more than three years. "Before they were coming to see me... it’s better not to think otherwise I will become crazy." They help each other like friends and surviving by collecting cans and selling them by 100-150 yen for kilos. The prices have decreased after the Beijing Olympic Games. The statistical data of the Ministry of Health, shows that homeless of Tokyo have decreased by half (3400) in 2009 than five years ago. As for the volunteers, however, the numbers have doubled after the "Lehman Shock" in 2008. Furthermore, the average age dropped from 50 years to 40 years. It's never difficult to meet homeless in Tokyo. They are in every corner of cities. Often they are sleepy or locked up in their cardboard box or in themselves. It seems as they were left alone in the woods ... the depths of the forest called Tokyo. Reportage 2010

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Central park of Shinjyuku

Central park of Shinjyuku

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