Do not drive out the homeless citizens for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games!

0 人が賛同しました。もう少しで 25,000 人に到達します!

5200 people. This is the estimated number of people in Tokyo who currently have no housing, and are sleeping rough or in places such as internet cafés. It is thought that the actual number of people experiencing homelessness is even more. (*)

As a non-profit organisation tackling poverty issues in Japan, we provide consultation and support to people living in difficult circumstances. We are fearful that during the summer 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games there will be no place for people staying on the streets or in places such as internet cafés to turn to, and have launched an online petition for this reason.

As a great number of visitors from throughout Japan and overseas will be coming to Tokyo next summer, a range of regulations are expected. For example, parks, train stations and roads can be closed at any time for reasons of counterterrorism or security, and homeless people may be driven out. Further, it is expected that internet cafés and accommodation facilities will be crowded with both domestic and international tourists, and that accommodation costs will be highly inflated due to the heightened demand, leaving further people left with nowhere to go.

For many people without stable residences, the streets, internet cafés and other temporary accommodation are not only places where they get sleep and rest, but also from where they commute to work, and where they get access to various local support, public and private. As well as this a community is founded in each place. Therefore, it is feared that the above-mentioned changes will have a great impact on various aspects of the lives of people without housings of their own.

The Organising Committee’s “Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan” sets forth to firmly incorporate diversity and inclusion to the greatest extent possible into every area of games preparation and operation, as an initiative in the field of human rights. It would go against the spirit of the Olympic Charter, and Olympism itself, to ignore those suffering disadvantages and to ultimately drive out people without stable residences. Based on the fact that there are people from diverse backgrounds, we call on the organisers to consider measures such as consulting with those affected to ensure safe places to store belongings, securing temporary locations for people to stay, or providing immediate housing in apartments or the like both prior to and during the Olympic Games for those who request.

* According to the National Survey on the Actual Conditions of the Homeless (as of January 2019), there are 1126 people sleeping rough in metropolitan Tokyo, and approximately 4000 people per day who lack a stable residence and are sleeping in places such as internet cafes (Survey on the situation of unstable workers without housing, Tokyo Metropolitan Government 2018)