Japan: 10,000 kreaklov live in internet cafes

Only in Tokyo, there are 10 million people living in cage homes the size of 1 on 2 meters in an internet cafe. There they spend the night, eat, watch movies and comic books sit on the internet. It is growing in Japan layer of "poor white collar" that do not have money to eat, even the room.

The stagnation of the Japanese economy and the high real estate prices expand the class of so-called "Working poor". The suburbs of large cities are full of older "blue-collar" yutyaschihsya there in huts and living daily wage work. For example, only in Airin, a suburb of Osaka lived 30 thousand destitute elderly. The town is virtually deserted, the police prefer not to go there, and runs the Mafia "Yakuza".

But in recent years, a large number of office workers and artists (kreaklov) fall into the category of "working poor". Give 60-70% of earnings for the few able to rent an apartment (alternative — to live in the suburbs of 1.5-2 hours each way to work, in this case, you can do the cost of housing is 40% of earnings, or about 1,5-2 thousand dollars per month).

The market here has put everything in its place. In large Japanese cities there was such an exotic proposal to "housing market" as cubicles in Internet cafes. Their owners have begun to break down the room "rooms" of 1 to 2 meters, with walls made of plastic. One night in a cage is worth about $ 25, but you can pay once a week in advance, and then eat it during this time will cost $ 150 (per month — 600-650 dollars). However, this price includes services such as free use of a computer with a connection to the network drives with movies, comic books and unlimited soft drinks (such as "Coke"). One shower per floor — 25-30 cubbyholes, bathe in it additionally costs $ 3, and for the sake of saving the majority of the inhabitants of a rooming house usually take water treatments once a week.

This segment of the "housing market" is the fastest growing in Japan. For example, today in Tokyo, there are about 10 thousand inhabitants of the internet cafe, and three years ago, there were 5.4 thousand Their inhabitants were called "Internet refugees", and many of them are living in such conditions for more than 5 years without prospect of ever move to human habitation. What is the life of the "Internet of refugees", pictured below:

You can mockingly laugh at the hapless Japanese, yutyaschimisya in the cells, but one of the most densely populated cities in the world — Moscow, too, with reigning in her "Asian spirituality" and neoliberalism, expects a similar future. In principle, such as crowding, as in Tokyo in the Russian capital is home to dozens, if not hundreds of thousands of guest workers: in the basement with bunks, a construction workers' sheds, where the same person falls 3.2 m. m

Office workers and kreakly Moscow is not yet ready to move into the cells, but it is a matter of time. The capital continues to suck in hundreds of thousands of new provincials (according to different estimates of 250 to 400 million per year), while the growth of real estate market in the neo-liberal team Sobyanin's true — last year it was introduced only 1.7 million square meters. m flat against the usual 5.4 million square meters. m at the right paternalistic Luzhkov. The trend is that Moscow will soon cease to build homes, it will cause a rise in prices for apartments (they are already so very heavy — about 30 thousand rubles. A 1-room hruschob on the outskirts, it is about 50-60% of the average earnings of the capital office clerk).

In this situation, the most reasonable approach would be to break the vacant office space for cubicles, and take their rented Moscow "white collar". In Moscow, now empty of about 15-20% of the offices, it is 1.5-2 million square meters. m At the "chic" 6 square. meters per person (mocking sanitary norm in the country) in the office of the cells can live 250-300 thousand people. Not so hot how much, but we should start with something.


Interpreter blog wrote a lot of grimaces of the Asian way of life, in particular, the housing problem. Here are some of the articles:

Residence permit in China: second-class citizens

China continues to be an institution like registration. The Chinese are divided into two kinds of people: the citizens, which is only 15%, and the disenfranchised peasants. The latter, working in large cities, are deprived of virtually all human, they even allowed to live in the apartments.

In this room, three people live. In the photo — office clerk named Bing, he '23:


Chinese life in cages in Hong Kong

Hong Kong ranked as the richest city in China. For example, the number of Louis Vuitton boutiques in this city than similar in Paris. However, the lives of tens of thousands of poor people is dull: there are many like rabbits, sleeping in cages measuring 180 by 60 centimeters. British photographer Brian Cassie documented the life of the lower classes of Hong Kong.


Sleeping quarters in Hong Kong and their inhabitants

Hong Kong — one of the richest regions of the world GDP per capita here is about 37 thousand dollars. However, the level of social inequality there is also one of the highest — the ratio of income of the richest 10% to poorest 10% in Hong Kong roughly corresponds to Burundi.

A third of the population (2.5 million people out of 7 million) huddles with failed prefabricated homes, where the apartments on the person has 10-11 square meters. m These analogs of "Khrushchev" and "brezhnevok" is now being demolished — and replaced by faceless, densely populated, like anthills, new residential areas.



See also: Apartments in Japan (WC combined with kitchen)

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