Tokyo: Tent City Of Broken Dreams FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
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TENT CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS

Some charities estimate that the homeless across
Japan now number in the tens of thousands

TOKYO (CBS) In the shadow of Tokyo's soaring skyline, a new city is rising:
a tent city of broken dreams, reports CBS News Correspondent Barry
Petersen:


In a nation that had not seen want or hunger since the days of World War
II, homeless people are now a common sight. Charities estimate that the
homeless across Japan now number in the tens of thousands.

Satoshi Ban was a construction worker, but there's not much being built
these days.

"It's embarrassing," he says with an awkward laugh. "I beg for money."

He'd put in a full day's work, he tells us, for as little as four dollars.

A few dollars would buy what these people want back: their pride. Because
this is the land of jobs for life, the safety net here is thin.

Unemployment payments last about a year, then, as far as the government is
concerned, you're on your own.

Every society has its outcasts, its losers. But many of these are its
victims. Among them are businessmen who once carried briefcases, and now
carry all they own in plastic bags.

At a city park, at an improvised church service, the homeless get what help
is available.

The soup kitchens are makeshift, with so many more homeless these days,
there isn't always enough to go around. The lucky know not to waste a
single grain of rice.

"There will be more here this winter," says the Rev. Paul Hwang. "I'm sure
many will die here."

Help comes in many ways. Even a haircut can restore a sense of dignity.

For these people, this is how the Japanese miracle has ended. Because there
are no nationwide figures, no one knows how many homeless there are. And
with the recession deepening, no one can guess how many more there will be
tomorrow.

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<paraindent><param>right,left</param>TENT CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS


Some charities estimate that the homeless across

Japan now number in the tens of thousands

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TOKYO (CBS) In the shadow of Tokyo's soaring skyline, a new city is
rising: a tent city of broken dreams, reports CBS News Correspondent
Barry Petersen: 



In a nation that had not seen want or hunger since the days of World
War II, homeless people are now a common sight. Charities estimate that
the homeless across Japan now number in the tens of thousands. 


Satoshi Ban was a construction worker, but there's not much being built
these days. 


"It's embarrassing," he says with an awkward laugh. "I beg for money."



He'd put in a full day's work, he tells us, for as little as four
dollars. 


A few dollars would buy what these people want back: their pride.
Because this is the land of jobs for life, the safety net here is thin.



Unemployment payments last about a year, then, as far as the government
is concerned, you're on your own. 

             

Every society has its outcasts, its losers. But many of these are its
victims. Among them are businessmen who once carried briefcases, and
now carry all they own in plastic bags. 


At a city park, at an improvised church service, the homeless get what
help is available. 


The soup kitchens are makeshift, with so many more homeless these days,
there isn't always enough to go around. The lucky know not to waste a
single grain of rice. 


"There will be more here this winter," says the Rev. Paul Hwang. "I'm
sure many will die here." 


Help comes in many ways. Even a haircut can restore a sense of dignity.



For these people, this is how the Japanese miracle has ended. Because
there are no nationwide figures, no one knows how many homeless there
are. And with the recession deepening, no one can guess how many more
there will be tomorrow.


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