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    Japan Eases Rules on Airbnb Rentals

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Japan’s government hasn’t been friendly to Airbnb — up until now, minpaku regulations required all Airbnb properties to feature a reception desk and set aside 33 square meters of floor space for guests — the size of an average Tokyo apartment. But now they’ve reversed both those rules, which could be a lifesaver for the company’s fastest-growing market, as well as solving fears of a serious hotel shortage during the tourist boom as the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo draw near.

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