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Seven-Eleven to serve as check-in counter for home shares in Japan

Convenience stores fight for tourists as Airbnb-style stays become legal nationwide

Japan's largest convenience store chain will capitalize on its nationwide reach to offer automated home share check-ins. (Photo by Tetsuo Oshiro)

TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan, the country's biggest convenience store chain, is working with travel agency JTB to let users of vacation rental services like Airbnb check in at its locations in another move to boost flagging customer traffic.

The Seven & i Holdings unit plans to bring the check-in service to 1,000 stores in major Japanese cities by fiscal 2020, focusing on popular travel destinations for foreign tourists such as Sapporo and Fukuoka.

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