Photo exhibition focuses on faces, lives of Tokyo’s homeless | The Japan Times

English: Homeless man, Tokyo. Français : Un sa...

English: Homeless man, Tokyo. Français : Un sans abri à Tokyo. Español: Persona sin hogar, en las calles de Tokio. Türkçe: Evsiz adam, Tokyo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taken on August 2 2006 in Sugamo, Tokyo, Japan...

Taken on August 2 2006 in Sugamo, Tokyo, Japan. One of the many homeless people in Japan – an often forgotten aspect of Tokyo. Nikon F3 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an unususual and fascinating article from the Japan Times. It’s a recommended read.

Source: Photo exhibition focuses on faces, lives of Tokyo’s homeless | The Japan Times

The article describes an ongoing photo exhibition in Tokyo, illustrating a burning desire of people living on the streets  to simply build normal relationships with the rest of society.

I sense that in many leading Western countries, there would be little interest in a similar photo exhibition of street people. Whether in the West or the East, in so-called advanced societies, street-people a symptom of failure. Many of these homeless people, in the UK for example, are former soldiers. It’s easy to cite adiction as the cause and ignore the problem.

Thoughts?

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