LWIF EP94: Why Are There Still 5,534 Homeless People in Japan?

This is the 5th and final part of a series of videos on homelessness in Japan. In this episode we explore the current state of homelessness in Japan and discuss whether it’s a solvable problem.

Special thanks to:

  • Professor Tom Gill for his knowledge, time, and assistance
  • ARCH (Advocacy and Research Centre for Homelessness) for the policy education and showing me the street counts
  • Sanyukai for their tireless work helping those most in need
  • Michael Goldberg for showing me the ropes
  • My wife who assisted with the interviews, interpretations, translations, and editing


→ Japanese Constitution (Article 25) – http://japan.kantei.go.jp/constitution_and_government_of_japan/constitution_e.html
→ Heisei 29 (2017) Homeless numbers – http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/0000164823_1.html
→ Heisei 28 (2016) Homeless numbers – http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/0000122778.html
→ Homeless Self-Reliance Support Law – https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2002/07/30/national/new-law-may-raise-prospects-for-homeless/#.Wn7KVuhuYuV
→ Livelihood Protection Statistics – http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/wp/wp-hw9/dl/08e.pdf (p.212)
→ Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – By Markus Leupold-Löwenthal – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8973640
→ Flag Map of Canada – By Stasyan117 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48174772
→ Flag Map Japan – By Washiucho – Own work, based on File:Flag of Japan.svg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6387199
→ American Flag Country By Дмитрий-5-Аверин – This file was derived from:Flag of the United States.svg:Flag-map of USSR-USA.svg: 50px, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18409543