Image by Shiho Fukada. Japan, 2012.
Image by Shiho Fukada. Japan, 2012.

Are you a disposable worker? Are there fewer “good” jobs in your communities?

In the face of a global recession and increasing technology there is a diminishing supply of stable jobs. Companies are shifting to hiring people for part-time, disposable work. While disposable work can manifest itself in different ways, the workers can typically be fired easily and usually they do not have a social safety net.

Pulitzer Center grantee Shiho Fukada has been compiling photography and stories on disposable workers, and wants to know what you have to say about disposable work and what you think we can do to improve how we work today.

Add your voice by commenting on her project page.

You can also join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram by using #disposedJPN. Your stories may be featured on the Pulitzer Center website and elsewhere.

Read Fukada's stories and see her photography on Japan’s disposable workers by clicking through the project link below.


Shiho Fukada documents the lives of disposable workers in Japan in stories that illustrate the global unemployment crisis and the growing gap between rich and poor that has provoked much turmoil.


September 2, 2014 /
Shiho Fukada, Nathalie Applewhite
Shiho Fukada's work revealing the lives of the unemployed praised for its poignantly human approach.
May 16, 2014 /
Shiho Fukada
Photojournalist and grantee Shiho Fukada’s acclaimed portraits of Japan’s “disposable workers”