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Japan eyes OK'ing smaller hotels in pre-Olympic lodging push

Proposed regulatory reforms also target labor oversight, other sectors

Japan hopes to relax hotel standards to give smaller players a shot.

TOKYO -- Small hotels may get the green light as Japan considers abolishing regulations on minimum numbers and sizes of guest rooms, per a government panel's reform recommendations, to make more lodging facilities available in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Regulatory Reform Promotion Council suggests permitting smaller lodgings in a report it will submit Tuesday to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The report also includes recommendations on enforcing and clarifying business and labor standards in a variety of sectors, such as allowing the privatization of some labor standards enforcement.  

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