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Every year, nearly one hundred thousand Japanese vanish without a trace. Known as the "johatsu," or the evaporated, they are often driven by shame and hopelessness, leaving behind lost jobs, disappointed families, and mounting debts. In "The Vanished," journalist Lena Mauger and photographer Stephane Remael uncover the human faces behind the phenomenon through reportage, photographs, and interviews with those who left, those who stayed behind, and those who help orchestrate the disappearances. Their quest to learn the stories of the "johatsu" weaves its way through: A Tokyo neighborhood so notorious for its petty criminal activities that it was literally erased from the maps Reprogramming camps for subpar bureaucrats and businessmen to become better employees The charmless citadel of Toyota City, with its iron grip on its employees The suicide cliffs of Tojinbo, patrolled by a man fighting to save the desperate The desolation of Fukushima in the aftermath of the tsunami And yet, as exotic and foreign as their stories might appear to an outsider s eyes, the human experience shared by the interviewees remains powerfully universal. ", Every year, over 100,000 Japanese people vanish from their lives. These johatsu ("evaporated") are often motivated by shame and hopelessness, leaving behind lost jobs, disappointed families, and mounting debts. Léna Mauger, journalist, and Stéphane Remael, photographer, uncover the human faces behind the phenomenon that remains a taboo subject in contemporary Japanese society. THE VANISHED combines reportage, striking photographs, and first-person interviews with those who left, those who stayed behind, and those who help orchestrate the disappearances. The authors paint a compelling picture of their interviewees and of the underbelly of Japanese society: Sanya, a Tokyo neighborhood so notorious for gambling and petty crime that it was literally erased from the map of the city A growing business for white expatriates who pretend to be priests for fantasy Catholic wedding ceremonies Retraining camps where subpar bureaucrats and businessmen are treated to boot camp-like physical and emotional reprogramming to become "better" and more subservient employees As exotic and foreign as their journey is to an outsider's eyes, the human experience shared by the interviewees remains powerfully universal.
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