Title: The depression and the liberation of KAMAGASAKI (1973-1978) - 泰平の谷間の生と死
Photographer(s): Kunio Kosugi
Writer(s): Akamaseki Shobo
Designer(s): Junichi Kusaka
Publisher(s): Play Guide Journal, Osaka, Japan
Language(s): Japanese, English
Size: 18 x 20,5 cm
Binding: Softcover with dustjacket
Edition: 2nd 1979
Print: Ishida Taiseisha, Nakagyo-Ku, Japan
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Japan, 1973-1978
This book tells a dramatic story of poor people's struggles in the Kagamasaki region. 1970s went in Japan under the sign of mass worker's struggles as the technology progressed at the human cost across the country. Demonstrations and clashes with the riot police, fires and destruction of property, but also camaraderie and laughter of workers joining struggles together, knowing they have everything to lose. Love, family and friendship and fight for a decent life.
Kunio Kosugi, who is a member of the Kamagasaki Area Problem Study Group, has recorded the day-to-day workers of the region and their daily lives and struggles. Demonstrations of workers who spend their year off work and earning money at the end of the year struggles for wintering, asking for work, deaths of workers living in camps, fires of doya, etc. Kagasaki has "life and death" side by side according to the title And document the trends of day laborers. Such life-and-death lives in a murky situation, and the appearance of brightly copied children is strikingly mixed with the figures of workers isolated from the society, but various photographs such as Inoue Seiryu, Nakajima Toshi, Sakamori Katsumi etc. As with Kamagasaki, which has been shown at home, it is also a testimony that records the facts.