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  • World News 24.03.2014

    The challenge of ageing is layered on top of economic recession in the world’s rapidly graying nation Japan. About 40 percent of the people of Kamagasaki are 65 or older and can’t keep up with construction work as they get old. Japan’s largest slum is just visible on blocks bustling from food chains and shops in Osaka, the country’s second-biggest city but does not appear anywhere in film fest or on official maps. Nor it is found in the current Osaka Asian Film Festival, after the director of a new released film that is established in the region pulled it, claiming city organizers of censorship.

    The scenes and lingo that depict the slum was asked to be removed by the Osaka officials on the grounds that it was insensitive to the natives and residents that probably seems to be a cover-up attempt to make this area non-existent.

    However this place is Kamagasaki that accommodates around 25,000 people in the compact area rendering home to jobless and homeless and day laborers. Where dozens of economically cheap dorms charge as little as 800 yen ($8) per night, this slum is a place where one in three are on welfare providing most of the single men with free shelters.

    The day at the welfare-employment center begins early, where thousands of people stand in a queue for labor work, primarily with subcontractors of Japan’s construction tycoons. Those not chosen, either line up for free food or resort to cheap alcohol otherwise stroll the backstreets pointlessly. The shelter less in the evening queue at the center to get tickets for lodging.

    Ota’s movie, “Fragile,” highlights the story of a TV assistant director who quits his job one day after quarrel with his girlfriend and his colleague. He moves to Kamagasaki to make a movie about a teenage boy, and whether success and money are essential for happiness.Ota said that Osaka officials wanted scenes of recognizable landmarks of the slum like illegal garbage dumping , the park popular for squatters or protagonist getting an amphetamine injection from a drug dealer and various others to be deleted . The slang words such as “doya” (cheap accommodations) were omitted too.

    Kazumitsu Oue the Osaka official said that the film festival organizers were aimed to save the slum area and its residents from publicizing to prejudice as they felt the movie lacks consideration to the area and its people.

    By far “Fragile” is only been shown at private screenings in Tokyo and Osaka.

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