April 02, 2015

WATCH: Documentary exposes Japan's 'Internet cafe refugees' – where low-income employees live in cubicles and play video games

Rebel Staff

A new documentary from director Shiho Fukada called 'Net Cafe Refugees' sheds some light on one of Japan's disturbing and growing trends.

Low-income men and women save rent while working menial jobs by living at these cafes.

When not working, they eat, sleep and do laundry at gaming centers.

According to The Daily Mail, the trend started in the 90s when young men spent a majority of their time playing video games. They would go onto work low-income  mindless jobs to fill their time between gaming sessions.

The 24-hour cafes have darkened cubicles where the user can fall asleep, as well as bathrooms.

Watch the documentary below.

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commented 2015-04-03 09:38:21 -0400
I think the Japanese poverty and problem is better, albeit marginally, than ours. The problem with power harassment is world wide.

In Japan, for really cheap, the poor enjoy independence, private shelter, internet access, laundry and they perform an equivalent of work fare with their part-time jobs. In Canada, our very poor are homeless, dependent on the state for welfare, forced into public shelters where the state pays owners at least twice what it pays the poor in welfare shelter benefits and where the owner forces them to eat what they are served. During the day, shelters force homeless into the street where they have no place to excrete their waste or to do laundry. I’d prefer to be poor in Japan than in Canada.
commented 2015-04-03 08:11:04 -0400
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commented 2015-04-02 16:51:01 -0400
Looks comfy.
commented 2015-04-02 15:42:02 -0400
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commented 2015-04-02 15:35:26 -0400
yep – big gubbamint backed stimulus to keep markets up and starve the masses. trillions in debt in the US and this is where the US is headed – Japan did massive stimulus in the 90s and hasn’t stopped – nice future we are headed toward.