Thousands in Japan claim same address
earthtimes.org: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 15:48:01 GMT , OSAKA, Japan–Japanese authorities are trying to figure out how 3,300 people could all claim a 500-square-foot lot in Osaka as their legal residence. The lot, located in a residential area of the city, has a five-story building on it that contains a day laborer support office …
Let’s do the math.
Ignoring the space needed for walls, elevators, etc…
Five floors of 500 square feet comes to a total 2,500 square feet to be shared by 3,300 people which equals 1.32 people per square foot or 14.2 people per square meter.
Yes, folks…Despite the false impression given to the outside world, Japan has plenty of homeless people. The-rest-of-the-story is that homeless people in Osaka just used this one address to get their residents’ card, which they need to applying for a job or to collect from the national pension system that they paid into for 40 years or their working life.
In Japan, homeless people and day laborers are constantly harassed for “you have no address” and “you have no residential card” which prevents them from applying for a real jobs or receiving any social benefits.