Customers work on their manuscripts at the Manuscript Writing Cafe in Tokyo, Japan, on April 21, 2022.
Tokyo Reuters  — 

Writers facing deadlines go to Tokyo’s “Manuscript Writing Cafe” with an understanding – they can’t leave until their work is done.

Oh, and there’s prodding thrown in to make sure they buckle down and finish.

The clean, well-lit place in western Tokyo has 10 seats reserved for writers, editors, manga artists and anybody else grappling with the written word and deadlines. Coffee and tea are unlimited and self-serve, and high-speed Wi-Fi and docking ports are installed at every seat.

Customers enter, write down their names, writing goals and the time they plan to finish. They can also ask for progress checks as they work, with “mild” just asking them if they have finished as they pay and “normal” being a check-in every hour.

Those choosing “hard” will feel silent pressure from staff standing frequently behind them.

Owner Takuya Kawai, 52 and a writer himself, s