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Photo gallery: street paper vendors help earth quake victims

 The Big Issue Japan 25 April 2019

When the earthquake hit Japan, homeless people were among the main victims. Despite this, many street paper vendors stepped up and did what they could to help. Just a few days after the disaster, vendors started distributing soup and helping NGOs supply emergency goods for those in need. (61 Words) - By Staff writer

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Masayoshi Suzuki, a Big Issue vendor in Sendai. He is distributing emergency goods to those in need, as a volunteer. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Minato town, Ishinomaki, Miyagi. A woman is searching personal things in debris. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Akira Hashimoto, a Big Issue vendor in Sendai, with a cheering message cards from vendors in Tokyo. As delivery system did not work, he could not sell magazines. He said, “It is so hard not to be able to see customers, especially my regular customers”. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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A bag from an elementary school girl, on the bank of Natori River. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Wakabayashi district, Sendai. Before the tsunami hit, you could see here peaceful landscape of ricefields. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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At the entrance of Minato Elementary School, Ishinomaki City, Sendai. People checking the lists of evacuees. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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This was Mr. & Mrs. Hoshi's available food on March 25th. Three slices of bread, two rice bowls, a can of fish and two bottles of water, all for two people. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Mr. and Mrs. Hoshi live near Minato Elementary school. The ground floor of their house got damaged by the tsunami. Water, gas and electricity supply were suspended. The couple couldn't move to the school, where those commodities were available, because Mrs. Hoshi has a heart condition. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Mr. and Mrs. Hoshi live near Minato Elementary school. The ground floor of their house got damaged by the tsunami. Water, gas and electricity supply were suspended. The couple couldn't move to the school, where those commodities were available, because Mrs. Hoshi has a heart condition. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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One of the evacuees, Shinji Endo, at the church. His house in South Soma city, Fukushima, was swept away by the tsunami. He was very worried about his two sons since both were working at Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Temporary goods supply station from Yomawari, a NGO who supports homeless people in Sendai and is a partner of The Big Issue Japan. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Soup kitchen at North Sendai Catholic Church. Three NGO’s worked together to provide this service. Through their nation-wide network, food and emergency goods were quickly gathered after the disaster. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro

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Many people were hired to clean up mud after the tsunami in East Matsushima, Miyagi. These are residents from a shared house for homeless people in Sendai. Photo: Yokozeki Kazuhiro


Photographer Yokozeki Kazuhiro visited homeless support groups in Sendai and other tsunami-attacked areas.

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