About 5,400 people in Japan with no fixed addresses spend their nights in internet cafes, according to statistics released by the government Tuesday.
Twenty-seven per cent of those people seeking nightly refuge in the country's 24-hour internet cafes are between 20 and 30 years old, the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry said.
Another 23 per cent are in their 50s and work as day labourers or are unemployed.
The ministry, which released the first-ever survey on the so-called internet cafe refugees, intends to help these people by arranging jobs for them that provide accommodation, the Kyodo News agency reported.
To compile its estimate for the numbers of the internet cafe refugees, the ministry surveyed 2,000 people at 87 of the establishments across Japan. Eight per cent of the respondents said they had no home, and the ministry extrapolated from that data that a total of 5,400 internet cafe homeless live in Japan.
Internet cafes in Japan are not only open all night, but they also offer meals and showers.
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