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Kyoto Passes Ordinance to Introduce Accommodation Tax (News)

Kyoto, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)—The Kyoto city assembly on Thursday passed an ordinance to levy an accommodation tax on people who stay at hotels and other accommodations in the western Japan city. The Kyoto government hopes to introduce the tax of ¥200 to ¥1,000 per night in October 2018 after obtaining approval from the internal affairs ministry. The revenue from the tax, estimated at ¥4.6 bill…
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Love Hotels Clean Up Their Image

Love hotels once had a shady reputation and gaudy designs, but things have changed. Today the hotels have become a date spot frequented by ordinary couples. Love-hotel scholar Kim Ikkyon explains why this change occurred.
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Japan’s Affection for Love Hotels

Love hotels are deeply rooted in Japanese society today. Kim Ikkyon is a young scholar who has specialized in tracing their historical evolution. Here we draw on her findings to sketch the changing face of love hotels.
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