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Shiho Fukada Visits Elon University, Focuses on Japan's Disposable Workers

Event Date:

October 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT
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Shiho Fukada documents the lives of disposable workers in Japan in stories that illustrate the...

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Syunsuke Fujii, 64, an unemployed carpenter, is seen in Osaka, Japan. It is almost impossible for graying men of the construction industry to get work here. Image by Shiho Fukada. Japan, 2009.

Photojournalist Shiho Fukada visits Elon University on October 23 and 24 and shares her often intimate reporting of Japanese dealing with their country's growing transformation from a secure lifetime employment system to one that readily disposes of unwanted labor. Fukada will speak with students and faculty as well as give a campus-wide talk on her project,"Japan's Disposable Workers", at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23.

Fukada's photography and reporting includes her short documentary, "Japan's Disposable Workers," produced in collaboration with MediaStorm and the Pulitzer Center. Her work documents the lives of these so-called "disposable workers" attempting to make ends meet. The reporting offers a range of situations from workers living in internet cafes to families dealing with suicides of frequently overworked employees.

Fukada's work highlights the much larger issue of global unemployment, how employees and employers interact and how rampant this crisis has become for the international community.

"Japan's Disposable Workers: Lost in the Global Unemployment Crisis"
Wednesday, October 23
5:00 pm
McEwen Hall Room 011
Elon University
100 Campus Dr
Elon, NC 27244


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