@NO PASARAN! urgent appeal of homeless liberation movement in osaka!
by rebel_JILL - Rebel Factory/ osaka Monday, Jan 16 2006, 10:12am
nagaipark_tentvilla (at) yahoo.co.jp address: osaka, jap islands
international / community struggles / appeal /
Comrades and affinities;
saluton from osaka. by the way, this mail is really urgent appeal of
homeless liberation movement in osaka. you might not believe that there
are poor people... however, following msg is so important fact of
japnese islands. especially in osaka, biggest violence and harassments
to the homeless comrades are an official one. so, we have been engaged
in the class war against the city government/their subjects for at least
5 years. hospitality of osaka city? NO KIDDING! on the roadsides,
parks...etc, you can see, there is a lot of dirty violence of this city
by city authorities!! their politics for the poor are really violence to
the poor like a NAZIS/FASCISTs did!!! a few days later, "merciful"
oSSaKKKa city with over hundreds guards(or thousand guards and officers
with polizei pigs) will attack to the 30 homeless comrades. yes,
this is the hiden reality of their hospitality.
anyway, if you will be able to do something, we strongly want you to do
the protest against the branches of osaka city as soon as you can. any
protests to the osaka city authorities and executional committee of
World rose convention are welcome by our comrades!(please BCC send your
protests to: nagaipark_tentvilla (at) yahoo.co.jp and kamapat (at) infoseek.jp )
thanx. in solidarity.
"BEAUTIFICATION" FOR THE WORLD ROSE CONVENTION 2006, NO THANX!
WE JUST HOPE THE LIVES WITHOUT VIOLENCE & POVERTY. NO NEED TO ANY
THORNY ROSES! ALSO NO NEED TO ANY HOBBIES BY MONARCHISTS OR NOBLE
PERSONS! THEY ARE ENEMIES OF ALL OF POOR PEOPLE'S LIVES!!
FUCKIN' DULL OFFICERS, "SHAME" & "DIRTY" IS REALITIES OF YOUR DOING!!
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO APOLOGIZE TO ALL HOMELESS COMRADES NOW!
ALSO WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU TO REJECT YOUR EVIL MISSIONS RIGHT NOW!!
...OR YOU WILL BE A TERRIBLE "CRIMINAL OF CLASS WAR".
WE SHALL EXPOSE THE FAKED HOSPITALITY OF ALL BASTARDS OF THIS CITY!
...we are NOT DUST & DIRT. we SHALL NOT BE MOVED!!
DIGNITY FOR THE POOR NOT FOXY FAKED HOSPITALITY!
VI VENKOS! NI VENKOS!! NO PASARAN!!! (rebel_JILL/a working poor)
To members of the media,
Please excuse the suddenness of this mail.
We are the the 'Unemployment and Homelessness action committee', working
with homeless movement groups and aid groups in Osaka prefecture.
At this time, at Utsubo Koen park and Osaka-jo Koen park in Osaka city,
forced eviction proceedings have been initiated against 30 homeless
people. The speed of the proceedings has been exceptionally fast and it
appears that the evictions will take place sometime between January 20th
We see this incident as an enormous human rights violation perpetrated
by the city, already a lawyer team and plaintiffs have been assembled
(with 17 homeless living in tents at the sites as plaintiffs) and
litigation has been launched on January 11th against the city for the
cessation of eviction proceedings; at the same time we have entered a
demand for a provisional halt to the evictions. From this point on, we
intend to endeavor to the best of our powers to halt the expected
Concerning this matter, we would like to bring these stories to the
attention of those interested, and so we have contacted you.
By all means we will happily accommodate any media interest in the
Unemployment and Homelessness Action Committee (失業と野宿を考える実行委
(Kamagasaki Iryou Renraku Kaigi, Kamagasaki Takidashi no Kai, Kamagasaki
Patrol no Kai, Nagai Kouen Nakama no Kai, Koureisha Tokubetsu Shuurou
Kumiai Junbikai, Osaka-jo Kouen Yorozu Soudansho, Nishinari Kouen Yorozu
Contact Information：０９０?９７００?０２９６（Mr. Kanatsu）
０６?６６４７?８２７８（Kamagasaki Iryou Renraku Kaigi）
（Below is a detailed account of the situation as well as a call for
＜We need everyone's help!＞
All of the people living in tents at Utsubo Kouen Park (about 20) and
one part of Osaka-jo Kouen Park's tents (5) are being exposed to a
forced eviction crisis by Osaka city. Made involuntarily homeless by
unemployment, these men have put up tents in parks and on street sides,
earning their livings working jobs such as can and magazine collection,
waste removal etc.; they have lived on their own strength with the help
Instead of extending a helping hand to these people, under the name of
'illegal occupation', the city is taking away the very tents that allows
them to work out a lifestyle while attempting to kick the occupants out
into the cold weather and onto the roadsides. In Osaka city, at least
200 homeless people die on roadsides annually. These dead are victims
of homeless eviction policies, of murderous policy. In order to put a
stop to Osaka city's unjust human rights violations we now need the
cooperation of a number of people.
＜The story up until now＞
Utsubo Kouen park, where some tens of homeless people live, has been
prepared by Osaka City over several years for the 'World Rose Convention
2006' (from May 11th-17th 2006). Up until this point, the tent village
autonomous organization has held negotiations with the park's western
office and has cooperated in discussions for the transfer of the tents.
However, since last year Osaka city has changed its attitude, handing
out documents on October 4th stating "get out of the park by November
30th", refusing to dialogue with the autonomous organization and
beginning 'individual visits' to tents in order to prepare for eviction.
Protest marches have occurred a few times, demanding dialogue, but the
city's stance has not changed; finally the process of forced eviction
has been begun by the administration.
With regard to Osaka-jo Kouen Park, preparatory construction for this
year's 'National Capital Tree-Planting Fair in Osaka' (March 25th-May
28th 2006) has served as the reason for the eviction underway. The
park's eastern office has denied the proposals for tent transfer and as
soon as it had stopped responding to dialogue, sealed the entrance
during visits, barring concerned individuals and supporters from
entering the office, even refusing to receive correspondence, continuing
a pattern of conduct that is unthinkable for public employees.
Amid the 'individual visitations' that prepare the way for eviction,
there was an incident where a homeless friend was approached on November
11th 2002 by personnel who took out a knife threatening him to 'leave
the park' (although the park office acknowledged the truth about this
incident, there was no action by the city and no apology by the
personnel involved), again on October 27th 2004 a wheelchair-bound
comrade trying to build a tent was surrounded by personnel and was
heaped with abuse, such as 'this one looks about dead!', provoking an
'assault incident' and the arrest and imprisonment of our homeless friend.
Since last year, patrols and 'persuasion' by park personnel has
intensified and harassment and interference like the nearly complete
enclosure of two tents by fencing have occurred. Just like Utsubo Kouen
Park, by the end of November documents demanding departure were
distributed, bringing us to the present day.
＜The Initiation of the Eviction Process＞
In both parks, park personnel distributed an 'explanation meeting
notice' on January 5th to each tent. After January 11th, the
'explanation' period expired and on the 13th, an 'exclusion directive'
was issued. It is believed that at 1 o'clock on January 17th, the
'exclusion' period will expire, 'warnings' will be issued and after an
extremely short window, an 'administrative directive' will be issued and
forced evictions will commence.
Administrative proceedings against homeless have happened nationally
since last year, January 24th against the tents at Nagoya's Shirakawa
Kouen park (mobilizing more than 600 personnel and guardsmen). In
Osaka, the removal of the 'Karaoke village' in December 2003 at Tennoji
and the forced eviction of many homeless tents and belongings in front
of Imamiya Junior High School in December 1998 are understood as the
first wave of state action to have occurred.
As soon as the paperwork was in motion, four people from Utsubo Kouen
park and two from Osaka-jo Kouen Park opened a lawsuit against Osaka
city for a halt to the administrative proceedings of the 11th. At the
same time, an appeal has gone forward for a temporary restraining order.
However, Osaka city has issued a letter of objection and on the 13th
rejected the application for restraining order. Without a moment's
delay, the city issued an exclusion order that same day.
After the 14th, as more comrades added themselves to the plaintiff group
(9 from Utsubo Kouen park, with 2 planning to add themselves), they
issued a protest against the rejection of the restraining order and
planned to further demand the cancellation of the exclusion order
however there are fears that the city will not wait for the courts and
begin forced evictions.
Osaka City is moving with an unthinkable speed (according to one lawyer,
administrative action against regular citizens are often deferred
several months), and so we have very little time.
＜Shelters are No Replacements for Tents＞
Osaka City has proposed 'choices' such as the Osaka-jo Kouen park
shelter and the 'Independence Aid' center in exchange for homeless
comrades leaving their tents in both parks.
However, these are not choices.
Osaka-jo Kouen Shelter is an institution established three years ago.
Conceived as part of Osaka-jo Kouen's 'normalization' i.e. tent
eviction, it was only those pitching tents in the park who became
targets (for those homeless sleeping without tents, in a much harsher
situation, they are contradictorily refused entry to the shelter).
However, the living environment of the shelter is extremely rough,
individual space does not even fill two mats (2.5m by 2.5m), with thin
partitions, privacy is non-existent and the permitted amount of
belongings is limited to several pieces of cardboard. Only a single
meal of white rice is provided as a guaranteed meal for the day. In the
end, residents cannot eat without gathering aluminum cans and people's
living conditions decrease markedly compared to their lives while living
Once admitted to the shelter, the tent which one had been living in is
torn down by the park administration and for those who inevitably feel
that 'this is awful', there are no tents and they are essentially kicked
to the roadside. Despite the obstinate 'persuasions' of the park
personnel, the number of people entering the shelter is only a third of
those living in tents. The number of those who can't stand these
'persuasions' and have had no choice but to surrender their own autonomy
and leave is unknown.
Now, the west park administration office is extending the term of the
Osaka-jo shelter, which was planned for closure at the end of last year,
and attempting to move our friends at Utsubo Kouen park inside (already
some comrades who could not avoid entering are inside). However, the
shelter's essential problem is that this extension serves only for a few
months. Because of this, there are no homeless comrades who wish to
enter it proactively (Osaka-jo Kouen Park is the same).
In the same way, the other 'choice' of the 'Independence Aid Center':
although one can get three meals a day, shared rooms mean no privacy and
there is a six-month limit for residency at the shelter. If one cannot
find work on one's own, there is only a return to the streets.
These institutions are simply 'preparations for eviction'. With no
prospects after entry and no guarantees after leaving, the shelter
serves as no replacement for the tents that our friends have pitched
with their own power (along with relationships of mutual aid).
＜Work for the homeless! Livelihood protection without prejudice!＞
Unemployment is the largest cause of homelessness. Amid ongoing
firings, restructuring and the expansion of irregular employment,
homeless who have lost their jobs and everything else will keep
increasing. As long as the government does not take responsibility and
actuate radical shifts in unemployment policy, the homeless problem will
definitely not be going away. With the progress of restructuring and
de-regulation, in the midst of a situation of 'recovery without
employment', forcing the unemployed to 'help themselves' will not solve
the problem. For the unemployed who include homeless, the national and
regional governments must take responsibility and guarantee work.
Presently, as a fruit of the homeless and day-workers' struggle against
unemployment, a program called 'Work for Older Workers' has been opened
in Kamagasaki, and within the city, approximately 3,000 homeless are
registered (for those above 55, light work is provided in a rotating
system three times a month). Disregarding the importance of this
program, the city has stricken funds from its 2005 budget and is on the
path to 'reduction and abolition' of these services.
We think the very opposite, and appeal for the expansion of this special
employment programs' scope.
The discriminatory application of 'Livelihood Protection' (Seikatsu
Hogo) is another cause of homelessness. Even now when a homeless person
goes to the welfare office, they are turned away at the entrance because
they do not have an address. Even disregarding the 'Livelihood
Protection' clause that 'takes as principle care for a residence', if
one applies for the program from a tent or living on the streets, they
are usually admitted to a hospital or other institution. On one hand,
in hospitals and other institutions, huge expenses are racked up for
care and the pay structure funnels this money from the administration to
the administrative bodies behind hospitals and other institutions.
We are not institutionalists, we demand direct transfers from the tents
and roadsides into apartments under the application of 'Livelihood
＜The Right of Residency is the Right to Live＞
The problem of Utsubo Kouen Park and Osaka-jo Kouen Park is by no means
a problem only of the tens of people living there. As long as the
direction of this country remains oriented towards the policy-based
abandonment of human beings, people will only lose their jobs and
continue to be expelled to the roadsides. For these people, putting
their belongings on the road or in a park, pitching a tent etc.,
shouldn't these natural rights to live be recognized? (Japanese parks
were originally after all, places of refuge) If forced evictions occur,
and fences are built, 24-hour guardsman patrols begin, it will be
impossible for homeless to live in these parks (already the construction
of new tents is being obstinately obstructed). This will rob not only
those comrades now living in the park of their right to live, but untold
numbers chased into homelessness in the future.
For us, the right of those who fall unavoidably into unemployment to
pitch tents and live on the roadsides is an existential right guaranteed
in the Constitution's 25th amendment, a right that must be upheld
according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
＜What is the point of this construction in the first place?＞
'We're doing construction here, so get out!' is the unchanging attitude
of Osaka City but really, for what and for who is this construction done?
When viewing the figures, the 923 million yen budgeted for this year's
Osaka-jo Kouen Park 'Greening Fair', the 200 million yen management
expenses for the Osaka-jo Kouen shelter (mostly this is personnel and
building lease cost), the yearly budget for the 'Independence Aid
Center' of 1 billion yen (the majority of cost being personnel), and
comparing these to the figure of the homeless person gathering aluminum
cans, worth approximately one yen each, we cannot help but feel that
something is amiss.
On January 11th, the section chief of Osaka City's Yutori to Midori park
management and his attorney were arrested in connection with suspicion
of holding talks with landscaping companies. While this corruption and
nepotism continues, wealthy Osaka City is attempting to evict our
homeless friends; again we appeal for your anger.
If they succeed in evicting these homeless comrades, the operation will
be judged by the Yutori to Midori Promotional office as a success, and
it seems that things will only escalate (actually, this seems already to
We would like to again ask 'What is this construction for?’
Absconding with the rights and means of our homeless comrades to live,
forcing deaths by the roadside…which is most important for Osaka City:
'success' or 'money'? This we would also like to ask.
If the same thing happened to you yourself, and your family, how would
you feel? This too we want to ask.
＜Please help our comrades at Utsubo Kouen park and Osaka-jo Kouen park＞
Regardless of these harsh conditions, the comrades of Utsubo and
Osaka-jo Kouen parks are not crushed, the reverse, they are
strengthening their organization. With the opening of administrative
process on the 5th, organization within the park on the 7th followed by
an emergency meeting, and along with comrades from Umeda, Ogimachi,
Nagai and Nishinari Kouen parks and from Kamagasaki, we have led
successive protests to the west and eastern administrative office of the
park. The team of lawyers is assisting strongly and from everywhere
there are many people already raising voices of protest against the city.
We will not allow this crisis to end as it wants to, instead this is a
good opportunity to strengthen the ties between us and open the future
together, to fight together until the end.
We appeal for your assistance!
＜Concentrate your protests on Osaka City＞
This is very simple and should not take much time. Please send messages
like 'STOP FORCED EVICTIONS!' to:
mayor of osaka city: junichi seki
〒530-8201 1-3-20, nakanoshima, kita-ward, osaka-city
your protest opinions to(jap words-they are racist!):
*Your protest opinion to(other language!):
City of Osaka, Chicago Office
c/o JETRO Chicago
401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 660
info (at) osakacity.org
City of Osaka, Dusseldorf Office
c/o JETRO Dusseldorf
City of Osaka, Singapore Office
5 Shenton Way
#37-01 UIC Building
Republic of Singapore
webmaster (at) osakacity.com.sg
Bureau de Representation
de la Ville d'Osaka a Paris
29, rue des Pyramides
ocparis (at) netntt.fr
City of Osaka, Shanghai Office
Room 407, Shanghai International
2200 Yan An Road West
webmaster (at) osakacity-sh.com
*office of 23th Zenkoku-tochi-ryokuka osaka fest
TEL06-6920-5941 FAX 06-6920-5971
*office of executive committee of World rose convention 2006
Seibu Houmen Kouen Jimusho (西部方面公園事務所)
〒550-0004　Nishi-ku Utubo Honmachi 2-1-4 (西区靱本町 2-1-4)
Toubu Houmen Kouen Jimusho (東部方面公園事務所)
〒540-0002　Chuu-ou-ku Osaka-jo 3-11 (中央区大阪城 3-11)
Yutori to Midori Shinkou Soumubu Kanrika (ゆとりとみどり振興局総務部管理課)
Yutori to Midori promotion department's opinion form:
Please copy any emailed messages to nagaipark_tentvilla (at) yahoo.co.jp /
kamapat (at) infoseek.jp or 06-6374-2233(FAX)
＜Organize for January 17th Monitoring!＞
At 1 o'clock on the 17th, there is a possibility that a 'warning paper'
will be issued. In order to support our comrades at Utsubo and Osaka-jo
we're calling for organization at the parks.
＜Gather at the parks for the days of administrative action!＞
Sometime after the 20th through the 23rd (excepting Saturday), there are
fears that administrative action could take place. In order to protect
the tents, we think we should do all we can. We call for organization
on the parks on that day.
Unemployment and Homelessness action committee
kamapat (at) infoseek.jp （Kamagasaki Patrol no Kai）
Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Futago Taishi 2-1-2
Care of: Kamagasaki Iryou Renraku Kaigi