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Airbnb removes 80% of Japan home-share listings

Unregistered dwellings taken off site ahead of June 15 law

A sign at an apartment building in Tokyo displays a ban on Airbnb usage at the complex.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Airbnb on Monday stopped displaying listings from hosts in Japan that had not obtained permission to operate, as a law in the country for private home-sharing, known as minpaku, is slated to take effect next week.

As of spring, more than 62,000 properties in Japan were available on the website of the world's largest home-share operator. The number has since plummeted nearly 80% to about 13,800.

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