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Security services to keep eye on short-term home rentals in Japan

Alsok and Secom will apply their know-how to Airbnb-style home rentals.

TOKYO -- Two security companies here are readying services to help homeowners who rent to travelers, a practice seen as key to easing shortages of lodging as foreign visitors to Japan swell.

Sohgo Security Services, or Alsok, will launch its services in May. Nearby 24-hour call centers will respond to complaints in multiple languages, including English and Chinese. Their phone numbers will be listed in fliers and online when property owners start out.

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