Japan Govt Adopts Bill to Allow "Minpaku" Private Lodging Biz (News)


Tokyo, March 10 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting Friday a bill to set rules on the emerging minpaku business, which makes vacant rooms in private homes available as accommodation for tourists, particularly from abroad.

The bill, if enacted, will officially lift a ban on such business across the country.

"We hope to offer a variety of accommodation services to improve foreign visitors' convenience and comfort," Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide told a press conference.

According to the bill, owners of houses and rooms for the minpaku private lodging service will be obliged to make business registrations with prefectural governments, take adequate hygiene control measures and properly respond to complaints.

Offering of the minpaku service will be limited to 180 nights per year and the ceiling will be lowered under local government ordinances in areas where residents are concerned about possible worsening of their living environment.

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