Who are Japan's Homeless? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we talk once again with Professor Tom Gill from Meiji Gakuin University. He talks about how homelessness in Japan was around the turn of the century and who the stereotypical homeless people were at that time.

Conditions and attitudes have changed, and the government has a couple programs in place to aid the poor and homeless, which we’ll cover in part 3.

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