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Kamagasaki: A Hell in a Heaven

As of academic part I visited Kamagasaki, a place of Osaka where Homeless people live. It is still a puzzle for me why Japan failed to rehabilitate only about 25000 homeless people, though Japan became the world’s second largest economy after World War II, assisting huge amount of money for the development of many Asian and African countries. Due to their age, the innovation of technology, and economic crisis people lost their jobs. To me it is still not clear why these homeless people cannot switch to the profession? Why the other employer will not appoint them as an unskilled worker? Why friends or relatives did not help in this regard? Is it not possible for the Japanese government or society to accommodate only 25000-30,000 homeless people? I found some similar view in Kamagasaki with the places where homeless people of Bangladesh live in. To me the most pathetic part was to see the aged people (who worked a lot for building developed Japan) are more vulnerable. I cannot understand why Japanese communities have been ignoring these senior citizens who made their life secured? I was also pleased seeing the steps of the city office.  They arranged for sleeping of the homeless people. The situation of Tobita Sinchi (prostitution area) was unbelievable to me. Women here are just displayed as a product in a shopping mall, even not in the glass. It is amazing; how Japanese organized criminal networks do this business without caring the authority ignoring the law. Where is the rule of law of Japan? I am not convinced with the explanation of private relationship between women and men clients of Tobita. I found both Structural and cultural violence in Tobita Shinchi. The brothels just changed their status to massage parlor, stripe clubs, restaurant and café. In Japan, does the secular and capitalist society lead them to do so? People who say it is easy to become homeless and live in the street, I would like to ask them, do they have any experience living in the street during rain and winter or without food one day?

-Dr. Shafiqul Islam

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Dr. Shafiqul Islam

(BBA, MBA, DU; Mphil, Japan; PhD, Australia) Deputy Secretary, Government of Bangladesh. Chief Executive Officer, Cumilla City Corporation, Local Government Division, Ministry of LGRD
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