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Homeless near Tamagawa river fight to rebuild after typhoon

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On Oct. 19, one week after Typhoon No. 19 made landfall in Japan, I walked along a riverside area by the Tamagawa river, which runs through Tokyo and flows into Tokyo Bay.

A baseball field there was covered in mud and my shoes sank into it. I came across a large fallen tree that had apparently washed up there.

In this bleak landscape, I saw homeless people in the area working to rebuild their shattered lives.

A 70-year-old man known as “Hige-san” (Mr. beard) had lost his shack, which was flooded with mud. With the help of his friends, he was building a wooden foundation to pitch a tent.

Hige-san had just returned from the........

© The Asahi Shimbun