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Airbnb axes thousands more illegal lodgings in Japan

Hosts use fake registration numbers to dodge new law

Tourists at Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple. The historic city remains home to at least 2,000 illegal Airbnb listings.
Tourists visit Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple. The historic city remains home to at least 2,000 illegal Airbnb listings.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Airbnb still faces demands from the Japan Tourism Agency to take down unregistered lodgings that violate the country's new home-sharing law a week after it took effect, despite having removed thousands of such listings already.

"We have been removing illegal listings as we find them, whether they were automatically detected by our system or reported by local authorities," Mika Yamamoto, Airbnb Japan's public policy manager, told reporters on Thursday. Since the law took effect on June 15, several thousand additional lodgings have been taken down from Airbnb's website.

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