As the world number one carmaker announced billions in losses, an increasing number of auto industry workers near its Toyota City are hungry and sleeping in tents after losing their jobs and homes.
Toyota's contracted factories have shed thousands of contract workers since ate last year, when the global financial crisis started to take its toll on he global auto industry.
Many temporary workers who lost jobs also lost homes, as they lived in heir companies' dormitories and were forced to leave as soon as contracts were terminated, ending up on the streets.
"Being the world's top automaker, Toyota's business affects every industry in this area. When Toyota decided to reduce its production levels, many related companies and factories were forced to cut jobs as well," says Hiroshi Matsumoto, leader of volunteer group Sasashima Kyosei-Kai.
The number of homeless people lining up every night at a soup kitchen in nearby Nagoya has nearly doubled to as many as 400 since last year.