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The Japanese government, a few months ago, introduced a new law to fill in the gap between hotels and property rentals within Japan, this was called “Minpaku”. The new Minpaku law regulates private residences that are rented out as short-term lodgings, usually through sites such as Airbnb. The law comes into effect on the 15th of June and has already had an impact on Airbnb, with them recently de-listing 80% of their private home listings in Japan in the run up to the June 15th deadline. The law isn’t squarely aimed at Airbnb, but those people who host on sites such as Airbnb, greatly effecting the vacation rental market Japan-wide […]