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Gov’t to introduce law that regulates “minpaku” site operators

  • 2015-12-11 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: December 11, 2015 – p. 3)

 

 The government will set up legislation that restricts operators of “minpaku” accommodation sites through which people rent out spare rooms in their private homes or condominiums, to make it mandatory for them to check the identities of minpaku guests and room providers.

 

 An outline of the regulations was presented to the IT Strategic Headquarters on Dec. 10. Details will be worked out by March so related bills can be presented to next year’s ordinary Diet session, which is slated to be convened in January.

 

 Minpaku site operators will be required to check the identities of guests and room providers using passport copies and other documents. They will also be obliged to check whether the accommodation providers have business permits and to set up grievance desks.

 

 Foreign minpaku agencies operating in Japan, such as Airbnb, will be asked to set up offices in Japan. (Abridged)

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