Airbnb cancels bookings under new Japan law

Airbnb cancels bookings under new Japan law

A new law in Japan that requires Airbnb hosts to register their listing and display a license number on their listing page has forced the company to cancel existing bookings that are not currently in compliance.

Japan legalized home sharing last year, and this new law is part of an amendment to 1947’s Japanese Hotels and Inns Act. Per the law, hosts have to register their listing by June 15th in order to maintain an active status on Airbnb. On June 1st, the Japanese government issued an announcement stating that any host without a license number must cancel any reservations made before June 15th, even if that host has already applied for the registration number.

Airbnb says this announcement came as a surprise and counters what they were…

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