Monday, February 05, 2007

Homeless encampment at risk in Japan

The city of Osaka, Japan is mulling a plan to evict 3,500 squatters as it prepares for a major sporting event. Japan Times has the ugly details.

(thanks to Anthony George for sending the link)

[And, for anyone who may have been wondering why this is my first post in more than a week: I'm in Lagos, Nigeria for the coming three months as I start work on a new book. I'll be posting new items from Lagos at some point soon.]

4 comments:

Bryan Finoki said...

good luck rob!
looking forward to the dispatches from Lagos!
and the new book, when it's ready.
good luck.
b

酔っ払い先生 said...

the eviction took place yesterday, have found some limited footage on youtube, the Japanese media haven't been showing much on TV this morning

Anonymous said...

Greetings Mr. Neuwirth,

I am a senior at Princeton University writing a thesis called "The Rise of Squatter Movements: A Case Study of Crimean Tatars."
I was wondering whether you are aware of any mathematical models depicting/predicting the spread of squatting. For instance, in your book, you mention that by 2030 there will be 2 billions squatters. Could you please tell me where you got this estimate?

Thank you.

I will be very grateful for any information.

You can reach me at amykhayl@princeton.edu

Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Andriy

sphinx said...

Hey I was at the eviction in Nagai it was awful. We didn't fight hard enough. Very good blog, encouraging to see.