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Harrowing the Tourist Lodging Industry

The Minpaku Law appears to be aimed mainly at alleviating social problems and ensuring safety, but it risks forcing many existing Airbnb and other similar minpaku accommodations to close their doors.

Working the Japanese People to Death

Hifumi Okunuki, President of the Tokyo General Union (Tozen), discusses the unwillingness of Japanese policymakers to protect Japanese employees from death by overwork. A report by contributing videographer Sam King.

The Tokyo Cheapo Story

The Shingetsu News Agency profiles Tokyo Cheapo, a rising start-up in Japan’s travel and media world, for a video report.

US Commerce Secretary Declares “Trade War”

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a stark message for those who fear that Trump administration policies could lead to a global trade war: He says that the war is already on and now the United States is prepared to join it in earnest.