If you had reservations for one of Japan’s 60,000 Airbnb properties for after June 15th, you might have to find an alternative thanks to the new Minpaku Law: here’s what to do.
What is the Minpaku Law?
A homesharing law passed in 2017, it was aimed at providing a legal framework for the currently un-controlled private-sector accommodation market. Since Japan is in dire need of rooms for the upcoming 2020 Olympics, it was expected that the law would make it easier for short-term rentals to operate—but it is looking like it will actually make it more difficult.
Property owners who wish to continue operating are required to submit lengthy and complex registration documents which involve a series of potential barriers.
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