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‘Net cafe refugee’ robs net cafe, arrested at other net cafe

Chiba Prefectural Police arrested Wednesday a man suspected for stealing money and threatening an employee at an internet cafe, the Sankei Shimbun reports. The 35-year-old unemployed man is believed to be a so-called “net cafe refugee,” a term that refers to people who make their living as day laborers and stay at internet cafes over night.

The suspect told police he had ran out of money and had not had anything to eat for two days.

According to the police investigation, the suspect threatened a young male clerk at a internet cafe in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture with a knife, and told the employee to give him money. The suspect then left with around 70,000 yen.

The man was lated found by an officer on patrol at a different internet cafe in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, and was subsequently arrested.

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