Seniors take over Japans arcades gambling with retirement money

Once the preserve of rowdy teenagers, game arcades in Japan are rapidly becoming the hippest place to hang out for a whole new generation — their grandparents.

With plenty of time on their hands and cash in their pockets, well-behaved elderly customers make up a significant and growing number of those prepared to feed coins into machines for a few hours entertainment.

The so-called “silver market” is increasingly important for industries in Japan, where a plunging birth rate and a long life expectancy is leaving society increasingly top-heavy.And for the elderly themselves, arcades offer a chance to find fun and friendship away from the more traditional pursuits of old age.

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Japan’s Arcades Overrun with the Elderly

The country which gave the world classic arcade games such as "Space Invaders" and "PacMan" is facing a demographic crisis, with a dwindling birth rate and ever-swelling numbers of elderly people.

So Japan’s amusement arcades, once an exclusive resort of youth, are increasingly becoming the abode of the old, The (London) Times said today.

According to the Hello Taito game centre in the Tokyo suburb of Kameari, as many as 90 per cent of its weekday visitors are over 60 years old.

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