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Airbnb Puzzled by Japan’s Decision to Cancel Bookings

Home-sharing company Airbnb expressed discomfort over the Japanese government’s request that the company cancel existing bookings for premises that have yet to be officially registered.

“We are puzzled and disagree with the decision of the Japanese government,” said Chris Lehane, head of global policy and public affairs at the company, pointing out that the decision is inconsistent with Japan’s goal to attract 60 million foreign tourists by 2030.

In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday, Lehane spoke of his “concerns,” and the “impacts on guests,” but said the company will “do our best to support our guests.”

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