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Diet enacts law to allow private lodging services nationwide

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Among such measures, the government will set fire-safety facility standards and other detailed business regulations, including ways to confirm the identities of guests

As far as including ways to confirm the identities of guests does that include Japanese guests? How about foreigners living here?

In areas where it is feared living conditions could deteriorate once private lodging services are permitted,

Just how exactly would living conditions deteriorate once private lodging services are permitted?  Could we have some concrete examples and concerns instead of general xenophobic dribble?

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Great news! Hopefully, they'll make the requirements easy for foreigners to understand as m sure many of the bnb's currently in operation are run by foreigners - some of which have limited Japanese ability.

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Aly, a building near my previous home was suddenly occupied by foreigners. (Not mentioning nationality) There was an increase in Break ins in the area and even know of two counts where they were caught on surveillance camera but the police couldn't do anything cause it was learned that they did all this just before departing the country. It got so bad with the noise, disrespect towards neighbors that my wife and i decided to move.

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10 years too late, uninformed laws made by 70 year old men who have no idea at all what a BnB actually is. No problem as usual it's a Law but totally unenforceable. No mention of penalties or fines.

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Aly, a building near my previous home was suddenly occupied by foreigners. (Not mentioning nationality) There was an increase in Break ins in the area and even know of two counts where they were caught on surveillance camera but the police couldn't do anything cause it was learned that they did all this just before departing the country. It got so bad with the noise, disrespect towards neighbors that my wife and i decided to move.

Fair enough. And allow me to express my condolences to you and your wife. You shouldn't have had to move. Your experience was a bad one, and I would not discount it for a second. It is a valid point.

I, myself, had an experience like yours although I confronted the foreigners in question, and things nearly came to blows once (thank god they didn't) but after that every time i heard noise and got disrespect I called the cops over every tiny infraction. The muppets got so fed up of having to deal with the cops every time they moved.

After a while my wife and I got fed up of that area, because it wasn't just the foreigners, but the JAPANESE Yaks and JAPANESE snack bars who would let the customers out in the morning at 5am with a BIG ARIGATOO GOZAIMASHTA!! at the top of their lungs. Believe me, Japanese can be every bit as disrespectful towards their neighbors as foreigners.  The difference is- with bad foreigners, they blame it on ALL foreigners, and want to deny us housing.  But with the bad Japanese, everybody just keeps their head down and "Gaman".  So we moved too. The place we have now is also full of foreigners, but we have never had any problems with noise or anything else.

It really does depend on the area, and the individual experience, but the fact is, Japan is pushing really hard for more people to come here and there is a shortage of accomodation. If Japan is adamant on increasing tourism and the number of people who come here, then one has to expect that there will be those who don't follow the rules.  Not all but some. It goes with the territory. What Japan should do is instead of imposing draconian laws as to who can and how to rent, it would be prudent to take measures to ensure safety through cooperation with neighbors and hospitality and communication with lodgers to discourage bad behavior through the spirt of brotherhood. I know, pie in the sky. But sue me, I believe in the power of positive aspects of human nature.

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@Aly.. Very Well Said.

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Yay Japan, welcome to the 19th century!

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180 days per property or per individual renting that property ?

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that should have been . renting out... that property.

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Also, what of Renting out a whole apartment for longer term rental periods ? So for example, if you are now renting an apartment from some landlord somewhere, will you suddenly find yourself kicked out after 180 days ? This needs urgent clarification - as the article is somewhat vague.

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I lived in Japan from '94 - 2003. When I first got there, I lived in a gaijin flop house in a 10 story building in Shin Osaka. Good times.

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All good, but there has to be some punishment for subletters who let out to noisy, disrespectful, or belligerent guests. Most rentees will be foreigners so it is important that the responsibility falls on the subletter. I myself will be asking my building management what their position is on this and what safeguards are in place to prevent unreasonable disturbances. If not satisfactory, I will request shot-term subletting be banned in my building

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