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Some residents manage to stay cheerful despite their circumstances.
Not all of Kamagasaki’s inhabitants are unhappy about their lot in life. “We have a freedom that other Japanese don’t have,” says 60-year-old homeless laborer “Koji” Yamaguchi. “We get three meals a day and it’s easy to make friends. I’ve made lots of friends here over the years – and I’ve seen lots of them die.”