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 ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Japanese "Cyber Drifters" find housing
The BBC brings us an unusual story about homeless people outside of Tokyo living in a cyber cafe.