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The Big Issue Japan’s ‘night-time bakery’: Small business and the reduction of food waste

In October last year, coinciding with the World Food Programme’s ‘World Food Day’, The Big Issue Japan officially launched its new ‘night-time bakery’ project which not only creates work outside of selling magazines but also aims to reduce food waste. Since, it has gone from strength to strength.

Our vendors: Tokuchika Nishi (The Big Issue Japan, Tokyo, Japan)

Tokuchika Nishi has lived an interesting life. The now Big Issue Japan vendor talks us through growing up in Kyushu, studying, joining the army and taking part in disaster relief, and finally returning to Tokyo where he became homeless. He also talks of his love of dance and joining the Newcomer “H” Sokerissa performance group.

Vendor moments 2017: “It feels like I moved one step up the stairs”

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.

Our vendors: Makoto Hanabuchi (The Big Issue Japan, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo)

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.”

Our vendors: Keiichi Egami (The Big Issue Japan, Tokyo)

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.”