Two years before COVID-19, Tokyo, Japan has been known for its countless “Internet Café refugees”. According to the findings published in 2018, the capital that belongs to the list of the most expensive cities in the world has had up to thousands of refugees at Internet cafés. That time, it was one of the hot issues in modern society in Japan.

There are about 4,000 Internet cafe refugees in Tokyo.

Now, Tokyo has once again had to face the issue relating to these refugees when Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks. To minimize the Coronavirus spreading, this city requires its people to avoid gathering in crowded places, as well as orders lots of entertainment venues to cease their businesses. These entertainment venues include cinemas, theaters, customs shops, karaoke, bars, gyms and Internet cafes. It is obviously a piece of bad news toward all Japanese, and especially toward the ones who are living in the Internet cafes.


As revealed by an Internet café owner in Tokyo, a lot of homeless Japanese people have considered these Internet cafes as their perennial shelter. Some have even lived there for nearly 10 years. These places include many separate and small rooms with one bed and one computer desk for each.

A refugee is living in his own box.

It is not difficult to comprehend why they choose to become refugees at Internet cafes instead of buying or renting an apartment for themselves: Tokyo is so expensive!!! That’s especially true when your monthly income is only 100,000 Japanese yen (equivalent to 71,170 Rs).

Where will the refugees in Tokyo live when the Internet cafes are closed? In the case of this man, he chooses to sleep on the street.

Living on the street may be the only choice of these guys!

Another refugee wanted to rent his friends’ houses; however, it took as no surprise that all of them refused him due to being afraid of his possible viral infection.

Renting a house seems impossible.
Everyone is afraid of the viral infection.
The refugee also has nowhere to go.

In spite of many efforts of the Government, Internet cafes have owned irreplaceable amenities. According to a survey in 2018, up to 4,000 refugees have lived in Internet cafes in Tokyo.

The number of refugees in Tokyo is always a hot issue in Japan.

Let’s visit a typical Internet café box!

Take a visit to a typical internet cafe box!


The box is covered by junks!


And toothbrushes and other daily necessities, of course.




Hopefully, COVID-19 will go by soon, and we can enjoy our daily life as before. The Internet Café refugees in Tokyo may desire this thing to be true much more than anyone of us.