Meet Pulitzer Center grantee and photojournalist Shiho Fukada. In this video, she explains her reporting project “Japan’s Disposable Workers.” Japan’s structural economic problems are further alienating its already marginalized populations. She went beyond the bright lights of Tokyo to document the country’s unemployment crisis: disposable workers who are easily fired and live without a social safety net. They are usually shut out from the rest of the society, living in poverty but rarely acknowledged by their fellow citizens.
Fukada’s distinctive photographs add a human face to widely discussed issues—from day laborers living on the streets to educated women taking banal jobs. She reveals the other side of Japan where alcoholism, hopelessness and suicide have become increasingly commonplace.
We’re highlighting our female journalists all week for International Women’s Day on March 8th.