Net Cafe Refugees

Net Cafe Refugees

Internet cafes have existed in Japan for over a decade, but in the mid 2000s, customers began using these spaces as living quarters. Today, more than one in three Japanese are temporary workers, with little benefits and no job security, and salaries too low to rent their own apartments. Without these internet cafes--now equipped with showers and laundry service--there would be many more people who have jobs but no homes.

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Main credits

Fukada, Shiho (film director)
Fukada, Shiho (film producer)
Fukada, Shiho (photographer)
Fukada, Shiho (videographer)
Fukada, Shiho (on-screen participant)
Maierson, Eric (film producer)
Maierson, Eric (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Photography & video, Shiho Fukada.

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Distributor subjects

Asian Studies, Japan, Labor studies, Psychology, sociology, economic anthropology, cultural anthropology, urban studies, depression


MediaStorm, journalism, photography, multimedia, audio, video, Brian Storm, Eric Maierson, pictures, photos, Shiho Fukada, Joe Fuller, Arkasha Stevenson, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, overwork, suicide, overworked to suicide, salaryman, karoshi, depression, full time worker, temporary worker, net cafe, net cafe refugees, internet cafe, internet cafe refugees, Kamagasaki, Osaka, Japan, unemployed, elderly, dumping ground, Alcoholism, poverty, suicide, Tuberculosis, disposable, day labor, construction, government assistance, Syota Nakahara, Setuko Nanbu, train, Kinmi Ohasi, Hiroko Ishikura, Hideko Shimamura, Michiyo Nishigaki, Makoto Kawazoe, home, money, bills, temporary workers, Tadayuki Sakai, power harassment; "Net Cafe Refugees"; MediaStorm

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