Friday, March 24, 2023
In February this year, Wishma Sandamali wrote a letter pleading for help when she thought she lay dying. The Sri Lankan woman had arrived in Japan as a student in 2017, but was detained as an overstayer at the Nagoya...
This article has not yet been translated into English.
Labour Union fights for change for Japanese Public Health Care Workers Sachie Akasugi (not her real name) is beyond exhausted. A worker at a public health center in Osaka, Akasugi and her colleagues are part of Japan’s first line of...
When C.I. Desert landed at the Narita International Airport in 2018, he stepped into a new life. Young, educated, and multilingual, he fled home, family and a teaching career in Cameroon, which was rife with civil unrest. The reason for choosing Japan, he says, was simple: “In 2018, if you typed ‘10 safest countries in the world,’ you saw Japan.”
It was on a basketball court that Nahed* finally knew she was safe. “A few days after coming to Japan, I wanted to play basketball,” she says. “It was 11:30pm and there were two courts. Five or six guys were...
There is little that Nahoko Takato has not seen or experienced. Seeking a change from her work operating a karaoke bar in her hometown of Chitose, Hokkaido, she left in 2000 to work with hospice patients in India, Thailand...
Vulnerable young gay men lured into "legal" Tokyo sex industry At a glance, First Dash is just a regular Tokyo bar. Customers laugh and drink, their animated chatter competing with the monotonous beat of techno thumping through speakers hovering somewhere...

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