Japan's Jobs Crisis

Shiho Fukada documents the lives of disposable workers in Japan in stories that illustrate the global unemployment crisis.

Japan: Hardship After Suicide

In Japan more than 30,000 people have committed suicide every year since 1997. Yet the stigma associated with suicide is so strong that many family members wait years before they will discuss it.

Inside Japan Inc.: Suicide as Salvation

"I just feel irritated, exhausted and disgusted," Naoya Nishigaki wrote before committing suicide in 2006. "I know the cause of my depression is definitely work."

Japan's Death March: Overworked Salarymen

As full-time "salaryman" jobs are increasingly replaced by low-paid temporary positions, Japanese workers find themselves in a cycle of overwork, stress and depression that often leads to suicide.

A Lonely Death in Japan's Welfare Town

Unemployed men sleep on the streets of Kamagasaki, curled up in cardboard boxes. They find themselves outcasts from the mainstream "salaryman" culture. Alcoholism and suicide are common.

Japan: Not Enough Jobs in Osaka

Job creation is one of the biggest challenges Japan faces. A government labor center in Osaka has little to offer unemployed day workers other than mopping the floor at the center.