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Meet Japan’s Internet Café Refugees

With affordable housing out of reach for many low wage workers in Japan, internet cafes have assumed a new role: living quarters. These internet cafe “refugees”, many of whom consider themselves temporary workers–started appearing around the 1990s. As Japan’s recession depresses the already low wages of temporary workers (around 38 percent of the working population), the problem doesn’t show signs of abating any time soon. You can watch MediaStorm’s full series on the phenomenon here.

What War? Twentieth Century Japan’s Views Of The Future Were Impossibly Bright

Imagine a world where robots reared your children, and wars were waged underwater. Add a splash of nostalgia, a touch of Jules Verne and super-saturated hues, and you’ve got the “future” according to Japanese retro-futurists. The movement roughly spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s, which covered a series of protracted conflicts and transitions for the island nation. And while none of the futurists’ depictions of reality actually came into being, we can’t help but revel in the way technological innovations can inform views on what the world has to offer.

Propeller powered trains, 1936: Could be seen as a forerunner to the high speed rail systems in use today in metropolitan areas around the world.

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January In Japan

In case you’re feeling the need to get out of town in winter’s darkest hour (and we can’t say we blame you), this video may make you consider hopping a flight to Tokyo.

Tokyo From Above

Tokyo Aerial Photograph

One of the 47 prefectures of Japan, the most populous metropolitan area in the world almost looks serene from this vantage point.

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