Shiho Fukada: Japan’s Disposable Workers

A three-part documentary based on Shiho Fukada’s portrait series, Japan’s Disposable Workers. The three sections are:

Overworked to Suicide
After the recession of the 1990s, Japan’s white collar salarymen increasingly must work arduous hours for fear of losing their jobs. This often leads to depression and suicide.

Net Cafe Refugees
Internet cafes have existed in Japan for over a decade, but in the mid 2000’s, customers began using these spaces as living quarters. Internet cafe refugees are mostly temporary employees, their salary too low to rent their own apartments.

Dumping Ground
Kamagasaki, Osaka, Japan used to be a thriving day laborer’s town. Today, it is home to approximately 25,000 unemployed and elderly men, many of whom are also homeless.

Produced by MediaStorm for the Pulitzer Center.