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It’s probably the result of memories from their long-ago youth, but a lot of older Japanese people tend to have the stereotypical image that dwellings for college students are usually cramped and shabby.

Yet take a look at a nine-story building standing in the Hakusan district in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. Walking through a locked automated entrance, the first thing that jumps out is the first floor looks like a cafe-style coworking space — except that it’s a public area for students.

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