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Tokyo coronavirus emergency threatens internet cafe 'refugees'

Salon operators say they cannot suddenly chase away their long-stay customers

The Japanese internet cafe has evolved into a kind of informal hotel that offers free manga, Wi-Fi and DVDs. Some people even call these places home.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Millions of people will be inconvenienced by the Tokyo metropolitan government's business shutdown campaign as the city battens down against increasing numbers of coronavirus infections, but some of the megalopolis's most marginalized residents will lose their homes.

So-called internet cafe "refugees" sleep in these all-night businesses out of necessity as they cannot afford a place of their own.

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