NET CAFé REFUGEES (ネットカフェ難民, netto kafe nanmin),
also known as CYBER-HOMELESS (サイバーホームレス, saibā
hōmuresu), are a class of homeless people in
* 1 Prevalence * 2 Economics * 3 Facilities * 4 Cyber-homeless * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
A Japanese government study estimated that over 5,400 people are spending at least half of their week staying in net cafes. It has been alleged that this phenomenon is part of an increasing wealth gap in Japan, which has historically boasted of having a very economically equal society. A coin locker in Japan, costing 100 yen per day
According to the Japanese government survey, those staying have
little interest in manga or the Internet, and are instead using the
place because of the low price relative to any of the competition for
temporary housing, business hotels , capsule hotels , hostels , or any
other option besides sleeping on the street. It was also estimated
that about half of those staying have no job, while the other half
work in low-paid temporary jobs, which paid around 100,000 yen ($1000)
per month - lower than what is needed to rent an apartment and pay for
transportation in a city like
Some internet cafes offer free showers and sell underwear and other personal items, enabling net cafe refugees to use the internet cafes like a hotel or hostel.
Another word for Net cafe refugees is cyber-homeless, a Japanese word based on English . Typically, the cyber-homeless are unemployed or underemployed and cannot afford to rent even the cheapest apartment, which is more than the cost per month to rent an internet booth daily. The cyber-homeless may even use the address of the internet cafe on resumes when applying for jobs to conceal their present form of accommodation.
The fee of 1400-2400 yen for a night - which may include free soft drinks, TV, comics and internet access - is less than for capsule hotels . Some cyber-homeless may also be freeters .
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* ^ Justin McCurry (28 September 2007). "