Day Workers, Homeless Issues (日雇い、ホームレス)

Since the burst of the bubble economy in the late 1980s, Japanese society has intensely exposed its contradictions inherent in the capitalist economy under the liberal democracy. One of the most cruel expressions of them has appeared as the issues of day-workers and homeless. These organizations are working on the issues most passionately on the day-to-day basis.

Zen-kyo (全国日雇い労働組合協議会). It reports a rally organized by the organization on January 14th 2001.

Nojukusha Homepage (野宿者ホームページ)contains the pages of three different organizations: Sanya Workers' Welfare Hall (山谷労働者福祉会館), Shibuya Noji-ren (渋谷野路連)、Shinjuku Renraku-kai (新宿連絡会).

Japan Association for the Study of Yoseba (日本寄せ場学会). Yoseba means “a place of gathering.” It is where the workers of the lowest class automatically gather for survival. It forms a ghetto in a big city like Tokyo (Sanya), Osaka (Kamagasaki), Yokohama (Kotobuki), or Nagoya (Sasajima). This website is a place for academics who work with the issues of Yoseba.

Rojuku (露宿)is organized by Kazuaki Kasai, an activist and essayist. The statement of the site says: “Rojuku is a literary magazine that offers a place of expression to the street people.” It has many poems, essays, and stories by homeless people, that are very moving.

Give rights to us, those who do no have! (持たざるわれらに権利を!)
This site is set up for a whole national march to stand up for the rights of homeless and jobless. It started in Tokyo, and reached Okinawa where the summit took place.
About the national march in English
The statement from Kita-Kyusu area in English is read at:

Homeless Information is the site of a NGO: Homeless Support Organization (ホームレス支援機構). The website deals with the human rights of the homeless people. It calls itself an information center for homeless issues. It involves a magazine, Shelter-less. It has an English page concerning the rights of homeless people.

The Committee for Production and Distribution of the Film: “Sanya?If you are fucked, Fuck them back.” (『山谷 -- やられたら、やりかえせ』製作上映委員会)
This film is a veritable work of and by the activists who struggled in Sanya area. First, Mitsuo Sato, who belonged to a support group for workers' passing winter (山谷越冬闘争を支援する会), began to shoot a documentary film about the workers' struggle to live, pass winter, and especially against police and a Yakuza/right wing organization, that dominates the go-between of workers and construction companies. But he was assassinated by a yakuza group. The first scene of the film is of Sato lying on the street, breathing faintly. Then the film production was succeeded by the committee. The film was made, in 1985. But again, Goichi Yamaoka, who was in charge of directing the film after Sato, was assassinated in 1986, by the same Yakuza group. (See Goichi Yamaoka, Sanya - Yararetara Yarikaese, Tokyo: Gendai Kikaku Shitsu, 1996.) The film is periodically shown at Plan B in Tokyo (4-26-20 Yayoi-cho, Nakano-ku, Tokyo; tel: 03-3384-2051). About the film, contact Sawamura at

Shinjuku/Shibuya in Tokyo

Shinjuku Communication Center (新宿連絡会)is organized also by Kazuaki Kasai. It is active in Shinjuku area in organizing collaborative cooking, night watch, medical checking, cultural activities, political rallies, and so on.

Shibuya Nojiren (渋谷のじれん)
is organized by Makoto Yuasa. It is active in Shibuya area.
The English page explains itself well.

Sanya in Tokyo

Sanya Welfare Center for Day Labors' Association (山谷労働者福祉会館).
The architecture of Sanya Workers' Welfare Hall was designed by Yasushi Miyauchi, one of the rare architect/activists in Japan, who died in 1992. A book about/by the architect documents the beginning of the organization, which is a coalition of various support groups. (See Ko Miyauchi, Enkon no Utopia [The Utopia of Anger], Tokyo: Renga Shobo, 2000.)

Home at the Mountain (山里の家)is a Christian organization.
English page

Kamagasaki Area in Osaka

Kamagasaki Support (釜ヶ崎支援). The web has a rich information section about the situation of Kamagasaki.
English page

Kamagasaki Patrol

Kotobuki in Yokohama

Kotobuki-cho Information (寿町)

kalabaw-no-kai, カラバオの会is a group that intends to support the rights and lives of immigrant workers in the Kotobuki area of Yokohama. The name is taken from a Philippine word that means water buffalo.

Sasajima (笹島)in Nagoya

Support for the homeless and day-workers to pass the winter in Sasajima area

Association for the Homeless in Nagai Park (in Osaka area), 長居公園仲間の会

Night Watchers in Sendai (仙台夜回りグループ)