Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Japanese homeless move into “net rooms”


With the economic crisis hitting Japan at an even more torrid pace than the rest of the world, many former high flyers are now moving into “net rooms,” which are essentially closets with an internet connection so you can look for a job. And when you think about it, what more do you need? What you might want is another story, but if things get worse here, we might see more net rooms in North America.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

3 Responses to “ Japanese homeless move into “net rooms” ”

Jason Thibault says:

So now we’ll see houses in East Vancouver which are already broken up into 4-6 units broken further down to a dozen plus closet units? Wouldn’t surprise me. After I saw an entire complex go up near Granville and Broadway filled with 550 square-foot units, I wondered how long they’d start building super-compact sub 400-sq. foot living quarters.

Warren says:

We likely will. Is that bad or good? Guess it depends on how much space you need.

killahmullet says:

These things are cool. One should start setting them up for backpackers in expensive cities like New York, London, Tokyo, etc. It’s all you really need when you’re out all day (or night). It’s a steal for $100 a week.

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