Pulitzer Center grantee Shiho Fukada has been covering Japan's economic crisis and its struggling workers.
Shiho Fukada documents the lives of disposable workers in Japan in stories that illustrate the global unemployment crisis.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.