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In his short film Net Cafe Refugees, documentarian Shiho Fukada details an escalating problem in Japan: temporary employment. Instead of filling occupational voids with part-time gigs, major Japanese businesses hire interim workers for abysmal rates. So bad, in fact, that those who take on temporary employment, hoping to one day move up the ladder, can't afford apartment living of any kind. Where do they turn? The local Internet cafes.

The types of people who wind up in this refugee situation stretches the spectrum. Fukada profiles two men, one young and ambitious, one aged, shattered by the intense Japanese working world, and suffering from severe depression. An interviewed member of a workers union explains that the Internet Cafe refugee problem has been boiling since the 1990s, caused by Japan's difficult unemployment programs and hostility towards those who exit the workforce—whatever the reason. If you thought your work situation was bad, wait until you see the situation running rampant through Japan.

Learn more about Fukada's expose, which includes two additional shorts focusing on Japan's current labor problems, at Mediastorm.

Article source: http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/money/news/a33611/japanese-men-living-in-internet-cafes/

THE OWNERS of this former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted on multiple charges of running an illegal gambling house. Marvin Dabish, 38, Robert Dabish, 29, and Nadia Dabish, 59, all of Oregon, were each indicted on 41 counts. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

THE OWNERS of this former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted on multiple charges of running an illegal gambling house. Marvin Dabish, 38, Robert Dabish, 29, and Nadia Dabish, 59, all of Oregon, were each indicted on 41 counts. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

The owners of a former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted by a Defiance County grand jury on multiple charges of running an illegal gambling house at several locations, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office reported Friday.
Authorities said Marvin Dabish, 38, Robert Dabish, 29, and Nadia Dabish, 59, all of Oregon, were each indicted by a Defiance County grand jury on 41 counts, including:
• One count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony.
• Five counts of possessing criminal tools, fifth-degree felonies.
• Fifteen counts of violating casino gaming laws, fifth-degree felonies.
• Fifteen counts of gambling, each a first-degree misdemeanor.
• Five counts of operating a gambling house, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The defendants also own Talk-N-Win Internet cafes in Defiance, Toledo, Oregon and Fremont, according to the attorney general’s office.
Patrons at the cafes would play slot machine terminals for a chance to win, and winnings were paid in cash, the attorney general’s office said.
Slot machines are illegal in Ohio, except at casinos.
The Findlay business, in a strip mall near Menard’s, was raided Dec. 18 by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department, the METRICH Enforcement Unit, and the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
According to Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman, 62 terminals and $23,000 were seized from the Findlay business, which is now closed.
According to the attorney general’s office, 475 terminals were seized at the five Talk-N-Win locations.
Ohio has been cracking down on Internet cafes for years.
Most recently, the Ohio Casino Control Commission has been focusing on locations around the state where operators claim they offer “skill games” but really have slot machines; or who pay out winnings in cash, which is illegal; or whose prizes are worth more than the state-mandated $10 limit.
Games of skill, unlike slot machines, purportedly allow users to have some control over the outcome by letting them manipulate the machine in some way. They are legal under Ohio law, with restrictions.

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THE OWNERS of this former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted on multiple charges of running an illegal gambling house. Marvin Dabish, 38, Robert Dabish, 29, and Nadia Dabish, 59, all of Oregon, were each indicted on 41 counts. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

THE OWNERS of this former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted on multiple charges of running an illegal gambling house. Marvin Dabish, 38, Robert Dabish, 29, and Nadia Dabish, 59, all of Oregon, were each indicted on 41 counts. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

The owners of a former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted by a Defiance County grand jury on multiple charges of running an illegal gambling house at several locations, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office reported Friday.
Authorities said Marvin Dabish, 38, Robert Dabish, 29, and Nadia Dabish, 59, all of Oregon, were each indicted by a Defiance County grand jury on 41 counts, including:
• One count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony.
• Five counts of possessing criminal tools, fifth-degree felonies.
• Fifteen counts of violating casino gaming laws, fifth-degree felonies.
• Fifteen counts of gambling, each a first-degree misdemeanor.
• Five counts of operating a gambling house, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The defendants also own Talk-N-Win Internet cafes in Defiance, Toledo, Oregon and Fremont, according to the attorney general’s office.
Patrons at the cafes would play slot machine terminals for a chance to win, and winnings were paid in cash, the attorney general’s office said.
Slot machines are illegal in Ohio, except at casinos.
The Findlay business, in a strip mall near Menard’s, was raided Dec. 18 by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department, the METRICH Enforcement Unit, and the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
According to Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman, 62 terminals and $23,000 were seized from the Findlay business, which is now closed.
According to the attorney general’s office, 475 terminals were seized at the five Talk-N-Win locations.
Ohio has been cracking down on Internet cafes for years.
Most recently, the Ohio Casino Control Commission has been focusing on locations around the state where operators claim they offer “skill games” but really have slot machines; or who pay out winnings in cash, which is illegal; or whose prizes are worth more than the state-mandated $10 limit.
Games of skill, unlike slot machines, purportedly allow users to have some control over the outcome by letting them manipulate the machine in some way. They are legal under Ohio law, with restrictions.

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Video footage shows four men, pretending to be customers, rob an internet café in Sabie, Mpumalanga.

The incident took place at 6.15pm on Tuesday, Lowvelder reported.

Four men are seen entering the Sabie Internet Café at around closing time. Suddenly one of them draws a handgun and forces the owner and two employees into a corner while the other three robbers stuff a number of laptop computers into a bag.

The armed man is said to have later demanded cellphones and wallets from those in the café. Investigations are ongoing.

This after police investigated a case of business robbery when two men pretending to be customers at a takeaway restaurant escaped with an undisclosed amount of money in Northmead, Benoni, in Gauteng in February.

Video footage shows the men queuing with the rest of the customers at the Roman’s Pizza outlet when one suddenly jumps over the counter after he pulls out a firearm.

A second clip shows a security officer responding to the scene when he suddenly encounters the robbers leaving the restaurant.

The two robbers fled the scene on foot. Investigations are ongoing.

Watch the video of the internet café robbery here:

Watch the two Roman’s Pizza robbery videos here:

- Caxton News Service

TREVOR'S JOURNEY WITH CEREBRAL PALSYI JEN. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE'RE HEARING FROM A PROMINENT LOCAL ATTORNEY CONVICTED OF RACKETEERING AND OTHER CHARGES RELATED TO AN INTERNET GAMING SCHEME THAT RACKED UP $300 MILLION IN PROFITS. MONEY SUPPOSED TO GO TO VETERANS BUT ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE ACTUALLY DID ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS. THEY ARGUED THAT JACKSONVILLE LAWYER KELLY MATHIS WAS THE MASTER BEHIND BEHIND THE OPERATION. 57 PEOPLE ARRESTED, AMONG THEM THE NOW FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE NELSON CUBA AND VICE PRESIDENT ROBBIE FREITAS. IS. EACH TOOK PLEA DEALS, CUBA WAS ORDERED TO SERVE ONE YEAR UNDER HOUSE ARREST THE OTHER TWO RECEIVED NO JAIL TIME. KELLY MATHIS DID NOT. HE WAS SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON. THE ONLY REASON HE HAS NOT -- NOT BEHIND BARS IS BECAUSE THE JUDGE ALLOWED HIM TO REMAIN OUT ON BAIL PENDING HIS APPEAL. KELLY MATH EXIST HIS ATTORNEY RICH STONE ARE JOINING US THIS MORNING. I APPRECIATE IT. MR. MATHIS YOU ARE ADAMANT THAT YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG, THAW THAT YOU ARE INNOCENT, WHY? I STILL BELIEVE THAT. I'M ABSOLUTELY INNOCENT. I DID NOT NOTHING MORE THAN ANY ATTORNEY WOULD DO IN REPRESENTING HIS CLIENT. I PROVIDED LEGALLED A VIERKS I PROVIDED ADVOCACY AND LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO MY EXPLIENT THAT IS WHAT ATTORNEYS DO. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PROSECUTOR DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT. THEY HAD NEVER PRACTICED PRIVATE CIVIL LAW, THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT ATTORNEYS GET INVOLVED ON THE FRONT END TO REPRESENT CLIENT, HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE MURKINESS OF THE LAW, HELP PROVIDE LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND THAT IS WHAT I DID. I KNOW YOUR ATTORNEY MITCH STONE ARGUED THAT YOU WANTED MORE ABILITY TO CALL, THERE WAS OTHER EVIDENCE, OTHER EVIDENCE IN PARTICULAR AND THE JUDGE SAID NO, YOU COULDN'T DO IT. WHY WAS THAT SO PIVOTAL TO YOU IN GETTING A CONVICTION AND NOT CLEARING YOUR CLIENT'S NAME. JUST SO WE'RE STRAIGHT WE DID PUT OVER EVIDENCE ON IT DIDN'T GET IN FRONT OF THE JURY. THAT INCLUDED OTHER LAWYERS, THAT INCLUDED POLITICIANS, THAT INCLUDED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, ALL WHO LISTENED TO WHAT KELLY MATHIS HAD TO SAY, WITH REGARD TO HIS ADVICE AND HIS KLINE, BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO TO REALLY DO THAT, THE JURY WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT KELLY WAS THE ONLY ONE WITH THAT VOICE AND I THINK THE APPELLATE COURT WILL LOOK AT THAT STRONGLY. PROSECUTORS WERE CLEAR THEY FELT THESE INTERNET GAMING CAFES WERE MINI CASINOS THAT THIS WAS CAPITALBLING, BUT YOU STILL AGREE WITH THAT. THAT WAS THEIR THEORY OF PROSECUTION, BUT THAT THEORY OF PROSECUTION HAD NEVER BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ONLY TWICE BEFORE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAD A PROSECUTOR CLAIMED THAT THESE WERE ILLEGAL AND THAT THEY WENT TO TRIAL, I TRIED BOTH CASES AND WON BOTH CASES WITH THE JUDGE OR THE JURY FINDING MY CLIENTS DID NOTHING WRONG. THAT WAS THEIR THEORY, MY JOB AS A LAWYER WAS TO ADVOCATE MY CLIENT'S POSITION AND IT WASN'T A POSITION I CAME TO JUST OFF THE CUFF, I SPENT MONTHS AND MONTHS DOING THE LEGAL ROIRCHTION I CAME TO A CONCLUSION AND ADVOCATED THAT POSITION AND MY POSITION WAS SIMPLY THAT THEY WERE IN FACT LEGAL IF THEY OPERATED IN A CERTAIN FASHION AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE THAT IS HOW THEY OPERATED THE PROSECUTION DISAGREES, HAPPENS THAT HAPPENS SOMETIMES LAWYERS DISAGREE, THE PROBLEM WITH THIS CASE THEY THEN GO BACK AGAINST THE ATTORNEY AND SAY, NO YOUR ADVICE SIX OR SEVEN YEARS AGO WAS WRONG, ADVICE THAT MOST ATTORNEYS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, VIRTUALLY ALL, THE STATE OF FLORIDA AGREED WITH MY POSITION, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THAT REGULATED SWEEP STAKES, THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, AGREED WITH MY POSITION. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND STATE ATTORNEYS THROUGHOUT THE STATE AGREED WITH MY POSITION. THIS PROSECUTOR DIDN'T. OKAY, SO KEEPING THAT IN MIND, THEN, I MEAN, YOU HAVE YOU'RE A PROMINENT ATTORNEY, VERY SUCCESSFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT, YOU HAVE FOUR CHILDREN, MARRIED, WHY RISK IT? I MEAN INTERNET CAFES IN MY 16 YEARS OF REPORTING IN JACKSONVILLE, I'VE BEEN ON TWO, FREE BUS INVOLVING THESE STOREFRONTS WHY RISK SIT IN. I WAS WORKING AS A LAWYER AND WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE A CLIENT THAT COMES INTO OUR OFFICE AND SAYS, I NEED LEGAL ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION IN AN AREA OF THE LAW. AND WE RESEARCH THAT AREA OF THE LAW, WE COME TO A CONCLUSION, WE CAN ADVOCATE FOR THAT CLIENT, THAT IS WHAT LAWYERS DO, IF WE'RE FORCED IN A SITUATION WHERE A CLIENT COMES IN OUR OFFICE AND WE SAY, I'M SORRY, I CAN'T RISK IT, I CAN'T GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE, I CAN'T REPRESENT YOU, WHERE IS THAT CLIENT LEFT? WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT IF PEOPLE THAT NEED LEGAL ADVICE, NEED LEGAL REPRESENTATION SIMPLY CAN'T GET IT AND LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES AND THAT IS PART OF WHAT THE PROSECUTION SAID IN THIS CASE, WELL, MR. MATHIS, YOU SHOULD HAVE SIMPLY TOLD US THOSE CLIENTS NO, YOU CAN'T HELP THEM, WELL, WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE CLIENT? DON'T CLIENTS DESERVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE LEGAL ADVICE? DON'T THEY DESERVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION? EVEN YOU KNOW, CRIMINALS CONVICTED OF CRIMES OR CHARGED WITH HEINOUS CRIMES, MURDER, THEY'RE ENTITLED TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION, THAT IS WHAT OUR SYSTEM IS FOUNDED ON. SO, I WAS COMFORTABLE IN MY DECISION, AS A MATTER OF FACT, MY DECISION WAS AGREED TO BY MOST EARN ATTORNEYS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, I WASN'T SOMETHING THAT I WAS OUT ON A LIMB SOMEWHERE WITH SOME CRAZY HERERY ON HOW TO SELL CRACK COKE TAKEN LEGALLY. I RESEARCHED AND STUDIED THIS AREA OF THE LAW FOR YEARS. BEFORE THIS PROSECUTOR KNEW A SINGLE THING ABOUT GAMBLING. LET ME INTERRUPT YOU HERE BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO PAUSE FOR A COMMERCIAL BREAK BECAUSE I WANT TO COME BADGE. IF THAT IS IS TRULY HOW YOU FEEL, MY NEXT QUESTION IS WHY

TREVOR'S JOURNEY WITH CEREBRAL PALSYI JEN. FOR THE FIRST TIME WE'RE HEARING FROM A PROMINENT LOCAL ATTORNEY CONVICTED OF RACKETEERING AND OTHER CHARGES RELATED TO AN INTERNET GAMING SCHEME THAT RACKED UP $300 MILLION IN PROFITS. MONEY SUPPOSED TO GO TO VETERANS BUT ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE ACTUALLY DID ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS. THEY ARGUED THAT JACKSONVILLE LAWYER KELLY MATHIS WAS THE MASTER BEHIND BEHIND THE OPERATION. 57 PEOPLE ARRESTED, AMONG THEM THE NOW FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE NELSON CUBA AND VICE PRESIDENT ROBBIE FREITAS. IS. EACH TOOK PLEA DEALS, CUBA WAS ORDERED TO SERVE ONE YEAR UNDER HOUSE ARREST THE OTHER TWO RECEIVED NO JAIL TIME. KELLY MATHIS DID NOT. HE WAS SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON. THE ONLY REASON HE HAS NOT -- NOT BEHIND BARS IS BECAUSE THE JUDGE ALLOWED HIM TO REMAIN OUT ON BAIL PENDING HIS APPEAL. KELLY MATH EXIST HIS ATTORNEY RICH STONE ARE JOINING US THIS MORNING. I APPRECIATE IT. MR. MATHIS YOU ARE ADAMANT THAT YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG, THAW THAT YOU ARE INNOCENT, WHY? I STILL BELIEVE THAT. I'M ABSOLUTELY INNOCENT. I DID NOT NOTHING MORE THAN ANY ATTORNEY WOULD DO IN REPRESENTING HIS CLIENT. I PROVIDED LEGALLED A VIERKS I PROVIDED ADVOCACY AND LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO MY EXPLIENT THAT IS WHAT ATTORNEYS DO. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PROSECUTOR DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT. THEY HAD NEVER PRACTICED PRIVATE CIVIL LAW, THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT ATTORNEYS GET INVOLVED ON THE FRONT END TO REPRESENT CLIENT, HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE MURKINESS OF THE LAW, HELP PROVIDE LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND THAT IS WHAT I DID. I KNOW YOUR ATTORNEY MITCH STONE ARGUED THAT YOU WANTED MORE ABILITY TO CALL, THERE WAS OTHER EVIDENCE, OTHER EVIDENCE IN PARTICULAR AND THE JUDGE SAID NO, YOU COULDN'T DO IT. WHY WAS THAT SO PIVOTAL TO YOU IN GETTING A CONVICTION AND NOT CLEARING YOUR CLIENT'S NAME. JUST SO WE'RE STRAIGHT WE DID PUT OVER EVIDENCE ON IT DIDN'T GET IN FRONT OF THE JURY. THAT INCLUDED OTHER LAWYERS, THAT INCLUDED POLITICIANS, THAT INCLUDED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, ALL WHO LISTENED TO WHAT KELLY MATHIS HAD TO SAY, WITH REGARD TO HIS ADVICE AND HIS KLINE, BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO TO REALLY DO THAT, THE JURY WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT KELLY WAS THE ONLY ONE WITH THAT VOICE AND I THINK THE APPELLATE COURT WILL LOOK AT THAT STRONGLY. PROSECUTORS WERE CLEAR THEY FELT THESE INTERNET GAMING CAFES WERE MINI CASINOS THAT THIS WAS CAPITALBLING, BUT YOU STILL AGREE WITH THAT. THAT WAS THEIR THEORY OF PROSECUTION, BUT THAT THEORY OF PROSECUTION HAD NEVER BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ONLY TWICE BEFORE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAD A PROSECUTOR CLAIMED THAT THESE WERE ILLEGAL AND THAT THEY WENT TO TRIAL, I TRIED BOTH CASES AND WON BOTH CASES WITH THE JUDGE OR THE JURY FINDING MY CLIENTS DID NOTHING WRONG. THAT WAS THEIR THEORY, MY JOB AS A LAWYER WAS TO ADVOCATE MY CLIENT'S POSITION AND IT WASN'T A POSITION I CAME TO JUST OFF THE CUFF, I SPENT MONTHS AND MONTHS DOING THE LEGAL ROIRCHTION I CAME TO A CONCLUSION AND ADVOCATED THAT POSITION AND MY POSITION WAS SIMPLY THAT THEY WERE IN FACT LEGAL IF THEY OPERATED IN A CERTAIN FASHION AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE THAT IS HOW THEY OPERATED THE PROSECUTION DISAGREES, HAPPENS THAT HAPPENS SOMETIMES LAWYERS DISAGREE, THE PROBLEM WITH THIS CASE THEY THEN GO BACK AGAINST THE ATTORNEY AND SAY, NO YOUR ADVICE SIX OR SEVEN YEARS AGO WAS WRONG, ADVICE THAT MOST ATTORNEYS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, VIRTUALLY ALL, THE STATE OF FLORIDA AGREED WITH MY POSITION, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THAT REGULATED SWEEP STAKES, THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, AGREED WITH MY POSITION. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND STATE ATTORNEYS THROUGHOUT THE STATE AGREED WITH MY POSITION. THIS PROSECUTOR DIDN'T. OKAY, SO KEEPING THAT IN MIND, THEN, I MEAN, YOU HAVE YOU'RE A PROMINENT ATTORNEY, VERY SUCCESSFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT, YOU HAVE FOUR CHILDREN, MARRIED, WHY RISK IT? I MEAN INTERNET CAFES IN MY 16 YEARS OF REPORTING IN JACKSONVILLE, I'VE BEEN ON TWO, FREE BUS INVOLVING THESE STOREFRONTS WHY RISK SIT IN. I WAS WORKING AS A LAWYER AND WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE A CLIENT THAT COMES INTO OUR OFFICE AND SAYS, I NEED LEGAL ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION IN AN AREA OF THE LAW. AND WE RESEARCH THAT AREA OF THE LAW, WE COME TO A CONCLUSION, WE CAN ADVOCATE FOR THAT CLIENT, THAT IS WHAT LAWYERS DO, IF WE'RE FORCED IN A SITUATION WHERE A CLIENT COMES IN OUR OFFICE AND WE SAY, I'M SORRY, I CAN'T RISK IT, I CAN'T GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE, I CAN'T REPRESENT YOU, WHERE IS THAT CLIENT LEFT? WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT IF PEOPLE THAT NEED LEGAL ADVICE, NEED LEGAL REPRESENTATION SIMPLY CAN'T GET IT AND LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES AND THAT IS PART OF WHAT THE PROSECUTION SAID IN THIS CASE, WELL, MR. MATHIS, YOU SHOULD HAVE SIMPLY TOLD US THOSE CLIENTS NO, YOU CAN'T HELP THEM, WELL, WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE CLIENT? DON'T CLIENTS DESERVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE LEGAL ADVICE? DON'T THEY DESERVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION? EVEN YOU KNOW, CRIMINALS CONVICTED OF CRIMES OR CHARGED WITH HEINOUS CRIMES, MURDER, THEY'RE ENTITLED TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION, THAT IS WHAT OUR SYSTEM IS FOUNDED ON. SO, I WAS COMFORTABLE IN MY DECISION, AS A MATTER OF FACT, MY DECISION WAS AGREED TO BY MOST EARN ATTORNEYS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, I WASN'T SOMETHING THAT I WAS OUT ON A LIMB SOMEWHERE WITH SOME CRAZY HERERY ON HOW TO SELL CRACK COKE TAKEN LEGALLY. I RESEARCHED AND STUDIED THIS AREA OF THE LAW FOR YEARS. BEFORE THIS PROSECUTOR KNEW A SINGLE THING ABOUT GAMBLING. LET ME INTERRUPT YOU HERE BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO PAUSE FOR A COMMERCIAL BREAK BECAUSE I WANT TO COME BADGE. IF THAT IS IS TRULY HOW YOU FEEL, MY NEXT QUESTION IS WHY

Uzbekistan’s guardians of moral values have imposed a curfew on Internet cafes in Tashkent, which they believe are perverting the nation’s teens, encouraging them to view material “contradicting our national mentality.”
 
According to new rules issued by the Tashkent mayor’s office, Internet cafes and computer clubs must close by 9 p.m., with immediate effect. City hall says the curfew is needed because of the existence of “clips, pictures, sites, and films advocating aggression, brutality, and immorality, which exert a negative influence on minors and are one of the main causes of the increase in the number of crimes among young people.” As a further reason, the decree cites “the increase in the number of Internet cafes and computer clubs” in the capital.
 
The decree (which was passed on February 18 and came into force as it was published on February 25—just ahead of a presidential election next month) also banned minors from being in Internet cafes in school time or “at a late hour” without the presence of a parent or adult guardian. It did not specify what was meant by a “late hour,” but that is evidently before 9 p.m.
 
The decree also imposes a sweeping – and hard to define and enforce – ban on the existence “in the establishment’s computer memory” of any material “advocating immorality, religious extremism, [and] nationalism in the form of computer games, or their use through the Internet.”
 
The administration of Islam Karimov has long been obsessed with promoting “Uzbek values” to counter the risk of foreign influences perverting the nation’s youth. Tashkent rails against Western imports like rap music, officially discourages celebrations of Valentine’s Day (deemed to breed terrorists) frowns on Santa Claus, and has condemned foreign toys as liable to undermine these so-called “Uzbek values.”
 
To diminish young people’s exposure to such menaces, Uzbekistan has set up its own social networking sites, cloning global successes like Facebook and Twitter to keep users inside the tightly controlled Uzbekistan Internet domain. But these sites have failed to rival the popularity of their Western and Russian originals. Last month, the authorities announced plans for another state-sponsored social network (as yet unnamed) to be created this year.
 
To counter all the negative material that is flooding the brains of web-savvy kids, the mayor’s office ordered Internet cafes to post material with “patriotic content” in Internet cafe booths. It also ordered the local authorities in each district of Tashkent to draw up lists of Internet cafes in order to keep better track of them.
 
The decree also orders Internet cafes to snoop on users and inform on any found accessing extremist or terrorist sites online, or engaged in “other suspicious actions.” Cafes must report such cases to the law-enforcement bodies and preserve the evidence.

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    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    There are loads of internet cafes in Japan. But it seems there's only one that looks like a traditional Japanese inn. Welcome to Nagomi Style Cafe.

    Located in Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara, this internet cafe is designed after a Kyoto inn. The Japanese word "nagomi" (和み) mean to soothe or calm. That's exactly what this net cafe aims to do!

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    So, this could also be the most relaxing and peaceful internet cafe you've ever visited.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    The staff is decked out in traditional garb.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Each booth is also done up in Japanese style with tatami mats. The booths are singles or doubles.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    [via Nagomi Tsubaki]

    But traditional doesn't mean analog! Nagomi Cafe says all its computers are "high spec."

    If you get bored of surfing the net, you can also read any of the twenty-five thousand manga volumes the cafe has.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    That's a lot of manga—many of the volumes are new, too.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    [via Nagomi Tsubaki]

    Just don't read them all at once.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    You can also order food and drinks.

    There's even a place to shower in case you're planning on an extended stay or just need to freshen up.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    [via Nagomi Tsubaki]

    But don't shower in your clothes! You'll be happy to know that soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a towel are included in the shower fee, which is only a couple bucks for those using a booth.

    But how much does it cost to get a booth? First, visitors need to register for 200 yen (US$1.68). Then after that, you can reserve blocks of time. For example, three hours during a weekday is 1,280 yen ($10.75), while thirty minutes is only 300 yen ($2.52). Weekends and holidays are slightly more expensive.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    For those interested in visiting, check out the cafe's official site or Akihabara Online for directions.

    Top photo: Akihabara Online

    All other photos: Nagomi Style Cafe | Facebook/Twitter

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    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    There are loads of internet cafes in Japan. But it seems there's only one that looks like a traditional Japanese inn. Welcome to Nagomi Style Cafe.

    Located in Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara, this internet cafe is designed after a Kyoto inn. The Japanese word "nagomi" (和み) mean to soothe or calm. That's exactly what this net cafe aims to do!

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    So, this could also be the most relaxing and peaceful internet cafe you've ever visited.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    The staff is decked out in traditional garb.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Each booth is also done up in Japanese style with tatami mats. The booths are singles or doubles.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    [via Nagomi Tsubaki]

    But traditional doesn't mean analog! Nagomi Cafe says all its computers are "high spec."

    If you get bored of surfing the net, you can also read any of the twenty-five thousand manga volumes the cafe has.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    That's a lot of manga—many of the volumes are new, too.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    [via Nagomi Tsubaki]

    Just don't read them all at once.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    You can also order food and drinks.

    There's even a place to shower in case you're planning on an extended stay or just need to freshen up.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    [via Nagomi Tsubaki]

    But don't shower in your clothes! You'll be happy to know that soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a towel are included in the shower fee, which is only a couple bucks for those using a booth.

    But how much does it cost to get a booth? First, visitors need to register for 200 yen (US$1.68). Then after that, you can reserve blocks of time. For example, three hours during a weekday is 1,280 yen ($10.75), while thirty minutes is only 300 yen ($2.52). Weekends and holidays are slightly more expensive.

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

    For those interested in visiting, check out the cafe's official site or Akihabara Online for directions.

    Top photo: Akihabara Online

    All other photos: Nagomi Style Cafe | Facebook/Twitter

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