Ningenkusai: A Tokyo Panic Stories Mini-book Dan Ryan

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Published: March 17th 2013

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67 pages


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Ningenkusai: A Tokyo Panic Stories Mini-book  by  Dan Ryan

Ningenkusai: A Tokyo Panic Stories Mini-book by Dan Ryan
March 17th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 67 pages | ISBN: | 4.45 Mb

There has long been a veneer covering Japan, a protective barrier that for decades has given outsiders the impression that Japanese society is proudly homogenous and bullet-proof to the kinds of economic and social problems we grapple with here inMoreThere has long been a veneer covering Japan, a protective barrier that for decades has given outsiders the impression that Japanese society is proudly homogenous and bullet-proof to the kinds of economic and social problems we grapple with here in the west.

Things like poverty and homelessness, for example. However, the earthquake and nuclear meltdown of March 11th, 2011 made many in the west acutely aware of just how flawed and unstable some Japanese social structures and government agencies can be.But the aftermath of 3/11 has shown the outside world only the most obvious and recent cracks in Japan’s shiny, protective veneer.

These cracks have existed for decades, in forgotten and shunned streets and neighborhoods in big cities like Tokyo, the nation’s capital. This story, Ningenkusai, is a brief pictorial account of disadvantaged men, some of them plagued by debts and alcoholism, who live in Sanya, a run-down district the Tokyo City Government does not even officially acknowledge. But this hard, sometimes seedy neighborhood does exist, and this is also the story of two foreign Christian missionaries who have been helping the men down in Sanya’s streets since the early 1980s.This is Dan Ryans first new piece of original photojournalism in 25 years.



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