The Shadow of Japan

Since the burst of the economic bubble in the late 80’s, Japan is struggling to emerge from the financial crisis and more and more elderly people are facing a growing precariousness. If many continue to work, by choice or by necessity, a growing number of them face real difficulties to survive. This problem, accentuated by the rural exodus, is taking on an unprecedented scale in large megacities such as Tokyo or Osaka. Whereas before, it was rare to see homeless people in the streets of Tokyo, the area around Shinjuku station or the long roads under the buildings of Tokyo city hall are overflowing with this misery produced by the consumer society.