YUI Associates Inc.
YUI Associates Inc. is a social enterprise aiming to create a socially inclusive and diverse community, Sanya.
Sanya is known as a poor district in Tokyo, where day laborers congregated for construction works especially the time during mid 1950’s to 1980’s, when Japan enjoyed its high economic growth and land speculation. Although the name “Sanya” was erased from official indication of residential address, the identity – with pride and stigma – still exists.
Nowadays, there are approximately 140 hostels exist in Sanya area; about 20 hosts tourists including businessmen and students and 120 accommodate mostly welfare recipients – many of them used to be day laborers. YUI runs two hostels for tourists, Hotel Meigetsu and Juyoh Hotel under hotel operating agreements with the owner. Besides, YUI manages one hostel for welfare recipients, Ariake, by renting a hostel.
YUI Associates Inc. aims for realizing social inclusion in the area through implementing the followings:
- Promoting tourism in the area to cause job creation and revitalization in Sanya community,
- Upgrading hostels for welfare recipients physically, as well as psychosocially along with recovery orientation,
- Creating ties among diverse people associated in the area to have meaningful social inclusion, and
- Community development planning to realize reappropriation of Sanya.
We opened a cafe in Sanya, in the end of March, 2018; we are hoping that “SANYA CAFE” serve as an entrance of Sanya area for everybody associated with the place. We operate this cafe restaurant to provide meals to foreign visitors, Japanese visitors, and local residents and also set a time frame to provide occasions for homeless individuals to take part in community activities, such as cleaning streets in exchange of coffee and meals – as a means of realizing Social Inclusion of this area.
*YUI Associates Inc. / Ippanshadan Hojin YUI
Literally speaking, 一般社団法人 (Ippanshadan Hojin) should be translated as “general incorporated association” in English, however, the term is not familiar to international English users. Therefore, we adopt “Associates Inc.” to replace “general incorporated association”.