Manga, net cafes used by almost half of all Japanese


Have you ever used an internet cafe or a comic cafe? graph of japanese statisticsI’ve never actually ventured into a manga or net cafe myself, as I do have an image of them being dark, slightly dodgy places that smell of stale tobacco and stale otaku. I’m probably completely and utterly wrong, so perhaps in the name of research I should poke my nose in once just to confirm or correct my mental picture! So, as reported by, recently Cross Marketing Inc looked at internet cafes and manga kissas (comic cafes).


Over the 26th and 27th of September 2007 300 people from Cross Marketing Inc’s monitor pool successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sexes were split 50:50, and 20.0% of the respondents were in their teens, 20.0% in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, and 20.0% in their fifties.

The most often used feature I hear about from fellow foreigners is sleeping! If you miss the last train, dossing down in a net cafe is a cheap option, it seems.

Research results

Q1: Have you ever used an internet cafe or a comic cafe? (Sample size=300)

Yes (to SQ)49.3%
Don’t know what they are2.7%

Q1SQ1: What do you do when you use an internet cafe or a comic cafe? (Sample size=148, multiple answer)

Internet, PC use (to SQ2)11175.0%
Read manga10369.6%
Eat, drink5033.8%
Read non-manga books, magazines4631.1%
Watch DVDs, videos2416.2%
Play console games1711.5%
Have a shower106.8%

Q1SQ2: What do you do on computers in an internet cafe or a comic cafe? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)

View sites10190.1%
Send, receive mail4944.1%
Read, write to bulletin boards2522.5%
Play online game2421.6%
Update own blog, web site2219.8%
Watch movies2118.9%
Print out1715.3%
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