Picture Story: Japan’s Disposable Workers

June 27, 2013

By David Walker

© Shiho Fukada

Shiho Fukada began her project after reading about aging day laborers living in penury because of the collapse of the real estate bubble. Shown here is Syunsuke Fujii, 64, an unemployed carpenter, in Osaka, Japan. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

Shiho Fukada’s project about disenfranchised Japanese workers is something of a nervous glance over the shoulder for the photographer: Facing a life on the corporate treadmill, Fukada left Japan in 1998.  “I didn’t see an optimistic future,” especially as a woman, she says. But she never anticipated seeing unemployed day laborers in Japan going hungry and cold; legions of young...

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