Japanese Internet Cafe Homeless

by Limbic on September 23, 2007

From The Times:

The Comic Plaza internet café never closes, but it is not until the late evening that the regulars begin to occupy its tiny, neon-lit cubicles. They are men, mostly; slightly grubby looking, and carrying small rucksacks. They take full advantage of the free coffee and soft drinks included in the all-night charge of 980 yen (£4.20).

They have no interest in the world wide web – to many of them the Comic Plaza is the only home they have. They are the internet café “refugees”, Japan’s new social headache, and the object of growing concern among politicians and bureaucrats.

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