For Pulitzer Center grantee Shiho Fukada, her project on Japan's "Disposable Workers" was something of a nervous glance over the shoulder.
A project run by ExxonMobil to supply China and Japan with liquefied gas for the next 30 years is changing life in Papua New Guinea with wildly inequitable results for local people.
More than one in three people are employed as temporary workers in Japan today. At least 2,700 people with irregular jobs live in internet cafes because they cannot afford to live in an apartment.
Shiho Fukada has been photographing the effects of the economic crisis in Japan, where notions of personal prosperity and lifetime employment have eroded.
Photographer Shiho Fukada has been documenting Japan's economic difficulties, telling stories of people who made hard choices in the wake of the crisis.
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.