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Japan takes step toward ending room-rental ban

Bill seen boosting nascent sharing economy

Travelers from Malaysia stay in a one-room condo in Tokyo's Ota Ward.

TOKYO -- The cabinet approved Friday a bill that would end Japan's ban on renting rooms in private homes to travelers, providing structure to a burgeoning industry.

The government aims to pass the measure, which includes some restrictions such as a 180-day cap, in this Diet session.

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