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Sharing Economy

Japan's Airbnb refugees are desperate for alternatives

Home-sharing law sparks worries that inbound tourist arrivals could slow

Japanese homeowners who have been generating revenue through sites like Airbnb thought they would be able to do so legally under a new law that takes effect on Friday.

TOKYO -- Some tourists on their way to Japan have begun looking for alternative lodgings now that their Airbnb bookings have been canceled.

Last week, the home-sharing pioneer pulled the listings of its Japan hosts who have yet to complete a registration process and acquire licenses under a new law that takes effect on Friday. The ensuing confusion may accelerate when other home-sharing platforms follow suit; it could also dent Japan's high-flying tourism industry.

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