A man plays a game at the Mikado game centre in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo last month. Bright, noisy arcades are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours. Photo: AFP A man plays a game at the Mikado game centre in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo last month. Bright, noisy arcades are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours. Photo: AFP
A man plays a game at the Mikado game centre in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo last month. Bright, noisy arcades are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours. Photo: AFP
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Japan’s gaming arcades face extinction as pandemic weighs heavy on an industry in decline

  • From a high of 22,000 in 1989, arcades now number fewer than 4,000 – even Gaming giant Sega sold off 85 per cent of its arcade business in November
  • Those that have survived are now struggling with virus-curtailed opening hours, and customers who are staying away despite anti-infection measures

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A man plays a game at the Mikado game centre in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo last month. Bright, noisy arcades are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours. Photo: AFP A man plays a game at the Mikado game centre in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo last month. Bright, noisy arcades are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours. Photo: AFP
A man plays a game at the Mikado game centre in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo last month. Bright, noisy arcades are still a neighbourhood fixture in Japan, but have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours. Photo: AFP
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