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Shiho Fukada

08: Jan 2013

Shiho Fukada is a freelance photojournalist traveling and working between, New York, Tokyo, and Beijing.

Shiho is a native of Tokyo, Japan with a degree in English literature, who worked in the fashion and advertising industries in New York before becoming a photojournalist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including, The New York Times, TIME, New Yorker, GEO, Stern, Le Monde, ParisMatch, among others.

Japan's Disposable Workers for Pulitzer Center

Japan’s Disposable Workers examines the country’s employment crisis: from suicide caused by overworking, to temporary workers forced by economics to live in internet cafes, and the elderly who wander a town in search of shelter and food.

Overworked to Suicide for Pulitzer Center

After the recession of the 1990s, Japan’s white collar salarymen increasingly must work arduous hours for fear of losing their jobs. This often leads to depression and suicide.

Net Cafe Refugees for Pulitzer Center

Internet cafes have existed in Japan for over a decade, but in the mid 2000’s, customers began using these spaces as living quarters. Internet cafe refugees are mostly temporary employees; their salary too low to rent their own apartments.

Dumping Ground for Pulitzer Center

Kamagasaki, Osaka, Japan used to be a thriving day laborer’s town. Today, it is home to approximately 25,000 unemployed and elderly men, many of whom are also homeless.