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Japan turns empty homes into accommodations for tourists

Six startups in Osaka open Sekai Hotel in effort to reinvigorate local community

A vacant home in Osaka has been redesigned and renovated by Sekai Hotel in a bid to rejuvenate the local community.

OSAKA -- Six startups in western Japan's Osaka Prefecture are set to launch a project on Thursday to refurbish vacant houses in the city of Osaka's Nishikujo district and operate them as guest rooms catering to tourists as a way to revitalize the local economy and make up for a shortage of hotels. 

The Sekai Hotel project is led by Kujira, an Osaka-based company specializing in the renovation of existing homes. In Japanese, the term sekai refers to the world.

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