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New Japan holidays -- picking oranges, catching fish, no hotels

JTB tangos with Airbnb-type booking site but stays loyal to old partners

Tourists who stay on the Takagaki's farm can pitch in if they feel like it by picking lemons and oranges or sorting the fruit into boxes.

TOKYO -- Forgive Japan's travel agencies if they suddenly feel like a rope; there's a tug of war going on in their industry that has them torn.

They want to stay loyal to their hotel partners, who have put a lot of money in their pockets over the decades. But there is so much action in the home-sharing market right now that it could help travel agencies out of a business rut.

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