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One day while walking around Shinjuku, a major hub for government and business in Tokyo, Japan, I noticed a shelter built by a homeless man. It looked semi-permanent, but more importantly, had solar panels on it. I thought this was very different than the homeless I encountered in my former city of Vancouver, Canada, so I started to investigate homelessness in Japan.

I was lucky enough to interview Professor Tom Gill, who has researched homelessness and other societal issues in Japan for many years.

This is part 1 of a series of videos I’m making about the homeless in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave in the comments. Thanks for watching.


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Discussing the “reinterpretation” of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. This “reinterpretation” effectively allows Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense (i.e. militarily aid it’s allies if they’re attacked). After WWII, Japan renounced war as a means to settle international disputes, however, that does not prohibit Japan from having self-defense forces. The deployment of Japanese forces overseas (in support roles) is usually a rather controversial topic.

Article 9 protest march in Japan

First time I ever saw a protest march in my towns ;this against the new change in Jaapan saying they can go to war

Article 9 of Japan’s constitution states “the Japanese people forever renounce war” and will never have any other military potential.
But the goverment imposed a bill allowing the country to help its allies if there was a “threat to Japanese survival”.

Using force if there’s no other way to eliminate a threat to national security, is also allowed. The bill also comes at a time of rising tension surrounding the continued presence of the 23 U.S. military bases across Japan.


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