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Destitute people face myriad difficulties not least the Olympic developments that might push them out of Tokyo

Japan's unseen homeless

A homeless man living in Yoyogi Park, Japan's homeless population have trouble claiming state support. (Photo by Shiho Takahashi)

Cristian Martini Grimaldi, Tokyo

November 22, 2016

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Takashi came from rural Japan to Tokyo to find a job, start a home and family in this razzle-dazzle metropolis. Instead, now aged 70 and having weathered the 2009 recession, all he has to show for life is destitution. 

"When it rains it's tough being outside," says Takashi, who lives on the edge of Miyashita Park, one of Tokyo's most popular outdoor areas.

Takashi points to the cardboard boxes he uses as a mattress, "Yesterday it rained and they still haven't dried."

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