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Airbnb Gets Green Light in Japan With Home-Sharing Law's Passage

  • The law limits stay in private homes to 180 nights a year
  • Airbnb hosts will have to register with local governments
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Photographer: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

Airbnb Inc. will now be able to operate in Japan without the risk of running into regulatory hurdles after the government passed a law that sets out rules for home sharing.

Japan’s upper house passed a legislative bill on Friday that lets private homes rent out space to paying guests, while limiting total stays to 180 nights a year. The law requires providers of such accommodation to register with local governments and lets local authorities impose their own restrictions.