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Airbnb's Japan purge threatens to trigger 30,000 cancellations

US company sets aside $10m to soothe panicked travelers

A room offered for short-term rental in Tokyo. A new law that takes effect on June 15 requires hosts to obtain a license. (Photo by Keisuke Takahashi)

TOKYO -- Airbnb's mass culling of home-share listings in Japan earlier this week could translate to more than 30,000 room cancellations by the end of the month.

On Monday, the U.S. home-sharing platform took down over 48,000 listings posted by hosts who failed to obtain special permission to accommodate guests. This comes before Japan puts into effect an amended hotel business law on June 15 requiring registration for private-home sharing, known as minpaku. The rules allow homeowners to rent out rooms for up to 180 days a year.

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