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Japan homeless living in internet cafes


The economic crisis is taking its toll on Japan with rising levels of homelessness. But some Japanese have found a most unusual new home.

An hour outside the capital, Tokyo, an internet cafe is no longer just a place to hang out. It has small private rooms that can be rented out for around £10 a night.

Residents can order food and even take a shower. If they stay for more than a month, they can even register the café as their address for job hunting and so that they can receive government funds. The BBC's Matt Frei went to visit.


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