Taira, Koji
October 1968
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct68, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
The article examines the sub-minimum characteristics of ragpickers in Ants' Villa in the waterfront of Tokyo Bay, Japan. A ragpicker is a person who picks up garbage for a living. The Villa was a former antiaircraft artillery base during World War II. The area was covered by tall grasses after the war which provided hiding places for ragpickers. A lumber mill was erected in the area but was destroyed by a typhoon. The wrecked building then became a shelter for the ragpickers. The article then examines the implications of the plight of the ragpickers to the antipoverty measures being implemented in developed countries.


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