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Tom Gill is a professor of social anthropology in the Faculty of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University. He has written extensively in Japanese and English on the lives of underclass men in urban Japan, including Men of Uncertain: the Social Organization of Day Laborers in Contemporary Japan (SUNY Press), Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011 and he is co-editor of Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan. His current research centers on comparative studies of the British and American underclass.