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Japan’s disposable workers: net café refugees

10 minutes

For some in Japan, cramped internet cafés double as cheap living spaces

For members of Japan’s corporate class, financial security frequently means suffering gruelling overtime and institutional hazing. However, the alternative to the stresses that accompany Japan’s corporate culture can be equally grim. Unable to afford rising rent costs, some paycheck-to-paycheck workers have taken to living in internet café cubicles as they struggle to save money and get back on their feet. Shiho Fukada’s film follows two such Japanese men as they sleep in internet cafés at night and attempt to reinvent their lives during the day.

Director: Shiho Fukada

Producer: Eric Maierson

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