In the wake of a number of cases in which youths have viciously and senselessly attacked homeless people living on the streets, Tokyo Gov Yoichi Masuzoe has announced his desire to establish awareness programs at public schools and encourage the employment and education of homeless individuals, as well as establish programs to help combat homelessness within the metropolitan area.
"Anyone who attacks these defenseless people are committing truly heinous acts," Masuzoe told a news conference on Friday. "The fact that many of these assailants are young kids, I believe, is a problem we need to address in our schools. Therefore, it is my desire that we strengthen and continue to educate our students about compassion for one another, and of the true plight of those who live without shelter."
Within the Tokyo area, there are shelters and support centers for homeless people located in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and other wards.
According to NHK, a recent study conducted in Tokyo in which 300 homeless people were interviewed showed that approximately 40% of them had been attacked by gangs of young people using rocks, their fists or by kicking them.© Japan Today