Why Arcades Haven’t Died In Japan

In many places, arcades seem to have nearly, if not completely, vanished. Yet, in Japan, they continue to hang on.


As The Financial Times reports in a recent piece on Japanese arcades, there were 44,000 of them during their mid-1980s heyday. Today, the Japan Amusement Industry Association says there are 4,856 registered arcades across the country. There also another estimated 9,000 locales, each having under fifty …

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