Mitsuo Fujiyama, a researcher at the Japan Research Institute Ltd, who is knowledgeable about the tourism economy. Labor shortages at hotels are a national problem. According to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, the number of people working in the hotel industry stood at 530,000 people in 2022, which is 120,000 down from before the pandemic in 2019.© Yomiuri Shimbun
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The central government and municipalities, which aim to make Japan a travel destination, need to provide long-term support for accommodation facilities to secure and train workers.
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