This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Teruo, who sells The Big Issue Japan, selects Japanese guitar maestro Masayoshi Takanaka.
2017 saw Big Issue Japan vendor Makoto strike up a relationship with his fellow vendors, learn how to cook and become a more well-rounded person.
Makoto was a truck driver before selling The Big Issue Japan, but work was hard to come by. “Before I took on this job, I thought it was just selling magazines,” he says. “I didn’t expect people would take care of me like this.”
Keiichi Egami has had quite the life, from working on naval ships, to computer programming. Now what does he look forward to most? “Selling The Big Issue Japan.”
“Encounters with people and memories of my parents keep me going,” says Shuzo Goto who sells The Big Issue Japan in Tokyo. He talks about how a good friend encouraged him to sell the street paper.
“I will tell myself every morning that ‘I should be thankful to the customers and should not become arrogant’.” Big Issue Japan vendor Yoshizawa Toyoji works in Tokyo everyday and feels that he was born to sell The Big Issue.