Image: Andrew Houston
Men wait at the turnstiles of the Nishinari Labor Center, where jobs are scarce.
“The aging inhabitants of Kamagasaki face a grim reality,” says photographer Andrew Houston, who took these eye-opening photographs. “Many feel betrayed by a country their hard work helped build, a country that has forgotten them. Eyesores to government officials concerned with re-election, slums like Kamagasaki have been removed from maps in Japan. Officially, they don’t exist.”