It was in the spring of 2019.
Some homeless people live on the bank of a river in Tokyo. You will see their tents as the train goes over the river. You often wonder what they eat. Do they catch fish in the river? Do they bathe in the river? You must designate the same spot for the bathroom. But it was my first time to see a homeless openly begging for money in broad daylight.
I wondered if Prime Minister Abe knew it.
Decades ago, Yokohama had some homeless people with empty cans in front of them. Near Sakuragicho train station, they were sitting on the streets. They were former soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army. Among them was a one-legged man in a soldier's uniform, who stood with the help of a walking stick. A few years after World War II, they did not have money or home.
But it was in the early 1950s when Japan was recovering from the ruins of World War II. Is the country still suffering now like it was 70 years ago?