It's always fascinating to see how folks around the globe live and check in with international residential building projects, green or not. Sometimes, checking in can be a disheartening experience. 

A recently BBC video report, Meeting Japan's Cyber Homeless, gives viewers a glimpse into a cyber cafe outside of Tokyo that is home to 60 people — dubbed "cyber drifters" — who live in tiny, windowless cubicles with no natural light or fresh air. The monthly rent is $500.

The video is a sobering look at "step-children of the credit crunch":  Japanese citizens who cannot afford proper housing in the mega-expensive city but have just enough money to circumvent living on the streets. 

Mighty and industrious Japan is not a nation generally associated with poverty. However, as a Boing Boing commenter points out, the country is not without a unique, saddening epidemic of homelessness that's existed before the current economic downturn.

Via [Boing Boing] via [BBC]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.