Tom Gill
  • Tom Gill 
  • By this author: 2 Latest posted: 2015.06.09
Professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama. Educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics and Political Science, he has research interests that include marginal labor, homelessness, and masculinity. His publications include Men of Uncertainty: The Social Organization of Day Laborers in Contemporary Japan and Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, co-edited with Brigitte Steger and David Slater, and Yokohama Street Life: The Precarious Career of a Japanese Day Laborer .
No Way Home: The Inescapable Plight of One Fukushima Community2015.06.09

The story of Nagadoro, a small hamlet in the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, offers a hint to the fate of the area’s other displaced communities.

Skid Row, Yokohama: Homelessness and Welfare in Japan2014.11.27

Several major Japanese cities have a slum district known as a doya-gai. The word doya is a venerable piece of Japanese street slang. It is the word yado (an inn) reversed, and it means a cheap lodging place. The nearest English equivalent would be “skid row”—in both cases, we are talking about a slum that is populated almost exclusively by men. The most famous ones in Japan are Kamagasaki, in Osak…

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