Japan's Disposable Workers: Net Cafe Refugees
Internet cafes have existed in Japan for over a decade, but in the mid 2000’s, customers began using these spaces as living quarters. Internet cafe refugees are mostly temporary employees; their salary too low to rent their own apartments.
Never described as "slavery", it is economic slavery. A surplus of workers encourages exploitation, fear of being marginalized. Probably after a year to temporay work, it is unlikely that a person will ever again be fully employed. A high suicide rate, preceded by self-destructive behavior (such as smoking in a small, enclosed space) is easy to imagine. Traditional culture of self-restraint makes acting-out unlikely: "It is better to bend than to break", but it is also easy to imagine that in the long-run, this is an explosive situation, due to the suppressed rage manifest as clincal depression.