This is a collection of articles on vulnerable populations in Japan in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic. Our goal is to capture the voices and situation of those who have been most directly affected by the virus and to document the conditions that made them vulnerable in the first place.
Thanks to all the authors who worked so quickly to get this research together in a timely fashion. In editing this volume, we received extensive guidance from Mark Selden and Jeff Kingston, invaluable editorial assistance from Laney Bahan, and production processing assistance from Subodhana Wijeyeratne and Yayoi Koizumi who shepherded the manuscripts from submission to publication with patience and precision.
1. David H. Slater – Vulnerable Populations Under COVID-19 in Japan: A Lull in the Storm
The Politics of Etiology
3. David H. Slater and Sara Ikebe – Social Distancing from the Problem of Japanese Homelessness under Covid-19
4. David H. Slater and Rosa Barbaran – The Whole Block Goes Down: Refugees in Japan’s Detention Centers during the Pandemic
Containment and Isolation
5. Sarajean Rossitto – Isolated Together: Amplified Vulnerabilities in Japan’s Children’s Homes
6. Rei Ando – Domestic Violence and Japan’s COVID-19 Pandemic
Entrepreneurial Work During the Pandemic
7. Satsuki Uno and Robin O’Day – Japanese Freelance Workers Struggle during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social Media, Critique, and Political Resistance
8. Valentina Giammaria – Covid-19 in Japan: A Nighttime Disease
Foreign Labor Under COVID-19
10. Bảo Quyên Trần – Vietnamese Technical Trainees in Japan Voice Concerns amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
11. Megha Wadhwa – In the Age of COVID 19 –The Indian Restaurants and the Indian Cooks in Japan
Resilience Through Controlling Environment
12. James Farrer – How are Tokyo’s Independent Restauranteurs Surviving the Pandemic?
13. Chika Kondo and Jack Lichten – Resilient Japanese Local Food Systems Thrive during COVID-19: Ten Groups, Ten Outcomes (十人十色 jyu-nin-to-iro)
14. Makiko Deguchi and Chie Matsumoto – Voices of Sanitation Workers in Japan amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic