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Vanished : The "Evaporated People" of Japan in Stories and Photographs (Hardcover) (Lena Mauger)
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Every year, over 100,000 Japanese people vanish from their lives. These johatsu (evaporated”) are often motivated by shame and hopelessness, leaving behind lost jobs, disappointed families, and mounting debts. Léna Mauger, journalist, and Stéphane Remael, photographer, uncover the human faces behind the phenomenon that remains a taboo subject in contemporary Japanese society.THE VANISHED combines reportage, striking photographs, and first-person interviews with those who left, those who stayed behind, and those who help orchestrate the disappearances. The authors paint a compelling picture of their interviewees and of the underbelly of Japanese society:Sanya, a Tokyo neighborhood so notorious for gambling and petty crime that it was literally erased from the map of the cityA growing business for white expatriates who pretend to be priests for fantasy Catholic wedding ceremoniesRetraining camps where subpar bureaucrats and businessmen are treated to boot camplike physical and emotional reprogramming to become better” and more subservient employeesAs exotic and foreign as their journey is to an outsider’s eyes, the human experience shared by the interviewees remains powerfully universal.
Number of Pages: 251
Genre: Travel, Social Science, Photography
Sub-Genre: Popular Culture, Asia / Japan, Subjects + Themes / Regional
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Lena Mauger
Street Date: September 20, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-6734
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