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.

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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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