Most people read manga in comic cafes


Have you ever used an internet cafe, manga kissa? graph of japanese statisticsAnd using the internet is also popular in net cafes, according to these astonishing results into manga cafes from Marsh Inc and reported on by


Between the 2nd and 4th of December 2009 300 members of the Marsh online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female, 1.3% in their teens, 18.7% in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, 20.0% in their fifties, and 20.0% aged sixty or older.

Interesting, although the Japanese for net cafe is basically the English term and manga cafe is the equally short manga kissa, they are often further abbreviated to necafe and… well, I’m not actually sure how to pronounce the abbreviation, but it’s either man-kiss, man-ki or man-kitsu, and I secretly hope it’s the first of the three.

Oh, and as to the difference between the two, I suspect it is more branding than any specific difference in facilities.

Research results

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

Yes (to SQ1)44.3%
Don’t know what an internet cafe or manga kissa is2.0%

The usage percentage is up two percentage points from a similar survey in May.

Q1SQ1: What sorts of things do you mainly do in internet cafes, manga kissas? (Sample size=133)

Read manga10377.4%
Use internet, computer (to SQ2)8966.9%
Eat, drink3828.6%
Watch DVD, video2115.8%
Read other books1712.8%
Play console games86.0%
Take a shower53.8%

Q1SQ2: What sorts of things do you do on computers in internet cafes, manga kissas? (Sample size=89)

View web sites8595.5%
Send, receive email3943.8%
Watch movies2022.5%
Read, write to bulletin boards1820.2%
Social Network Services1618.0%
Update my blog, web site1314.6%
Play online game1213.5%
Print out stuff1213.5%
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