Japan enacts bill to fully allow ‘minpaku’ lodging biz

The upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, adopted the bill to set rules on the minpaku services by a majority vote with support mainly from the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition and the main opposition Democratic Party.

The government hopes to implement the law in January 2018.

Minpaku services, which rent out private rooms as accommodation for tourists, have already started in many parts of the country, led by agents such as Airbnb Inc. of the United States.

The services can be operated in special deregulation zones and outside residential areas under the current legal framework.

Japan’s parliament enacted on Friday government-sponsored special legislation to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first succession from a living Emperor in about 200 years in the country. (Jiji)

The House of Councillors on Friday enacted a bill to fully allow the operations of “minpaku” private lodging services across Japan, where visitors from abroad are increasing. (Jiji)

The House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, approved on Thursday a bill to revise the Penal Code to impose tougher penalties for sex crimes. (Jiji)

A suspected murderer who went on the run for 45 years has been arrested in Japan. (independent.co.uk)

Japan is emerging as the latest front in the vacation rental/home-sharing battle, with HomeAway and Airbnb taking advantage of an improved regulatory environment. (tnooz.com)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the country had escaped from deflation but still had more progress to make before reaching its goal for 2 percent inflation. (Bloomberg)

Some 70 countries and regions including Japan signed Wednesday a multilateral treaty to prevent tax avoidance by multinational companies. (Jiji)

Before the arrival of the sweltering summer in Japan, “melt-proof” ice cream has been launched, while the development of soft serve “hot” cream also defies conventional wisdom. (Jiji)

A police sergeant was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing his wife found dead Tuesday in Fukuoka Prefecture. (Japan Times)

In their 83 years of existence, the Yomiuri Giants have never had a stretch quite this bad. (Japan Times)

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