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October 12, 2007

Effect of Welfare Denial in Japan

The New York Times has an interesting story, "Death Reveals Harsh Side of a 'Model' in Japan," on a man in Japan who died of starvation after being taken off of welfare by a government concerned about rising welfare rolls.  The article is disturbing and tragically ends:

“My belly’s empty,” read the diary’s last entry. “I want to eat a rice ball. I haven’t eaten rice in 25 days.”

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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