Japan’s homeless don’t beg; they make money from recyclables
Japan’s culture places great emphasis on honor and this is why even those who are on the fringes of society are still trying to do their part.
According to a video produced by In the Know, even the homeless do not beg on the streets like in other countries. Instead, they try to make money by sorting recyclables and doing other odd jobs for a fee. The homeless earn 72 yen for a kilogram of discarded soda and beer cans. Each can sells for 1 yen so 1,000 cans are needed for 1,000 yen.
An average homeless man earns less than 15,000 yen in a month from odd jobs and collecting recyclables but this enables them to get the basics without having to stake their pride by asking for handouts.
Even though they don’t have formal homes, the homeless in Japan are also quite admirable for keeping their dwelling – often characterized by blue tents, stationed in public parks, clean and orderly.
According to the interviewees, they receive two oniguris every morning at 5 am from the government but this is only for one meal. This is still way better than in other countries without any support from authorities at all. (ANGEL ONG)