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February 27, 2009 11:54 PM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (41 comments total)
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Newly jobless and homeless former members of the Japanese upper or upper-middle class are turning to a distinctly 21st century version of the flophouse, the net room
: a tiny cubicle, rented by the day, with that all-important feature... an internet connection and a computer.
See this video followup
on Ito Hidefumi, who, ironically, has been able to move into somewhat nicer accommodations, thanks to his new job cleaning temporary dwellings for other jobless/homeless displaced workers in Tokyo.
Here's some bite-size infobits
on Japan's current economic/jobs malaise.
Oh, and none of this is to be confused with this Net Room
, which caters to foreigners, but may well decide to change their name if the "net room" phenomenon really takes off and becomes a household word...