Airbnb home-sharing war heats up in Japan

Jul 27, 2016

Airbnb home-sharing war heats up in Japan

Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb. But she and other hosts in Japan are learning the hard way that the home-sharing site’s fastest-growing market is also becoming the next flash point ...

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

Jul 23, 2016

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

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Two domestic hotel operators are shaking up competition in Tokyo’s luxury accommodation market by attempting to make their new properties more inviting for inbound visitors. The first such operator, Hoshino Resorts Inc., has opened a luxury ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) named Hoshinoya Tokyo in ...

City mayors forging alliance over Airbnb and Uber

Jun 21, 2016

City mayors forging alliance over Airbnb and Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. have set their sights on global expansion. They are about to face a global response. Mayors from New York to Paris and Seoul think they have found the trick to coping with so-called “sharing economy” apps — working ...

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Jun 16, 2016

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Airbnb Inc. has gone on a charm offensive in Japan, hoping to drum up support as regulators debate whether to clamp down on the startup’s rapidly expanding operations. The world’s third-most valuable private startup dispatched high-powered lawyer and political strategist Chris Lehane to lay ...

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

May 24, 2016

Marriott-Starwood merger to spark turf war in Japan

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For major Japanese hoteliers, the impending merger between Marriott International Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. signifies the opening of a cutthroat turf war with what will be the world’s largest hotel operator in their home territory. Marriott is poised to expand ...

Tokyo's rooftop helipads remain unused

May 20, 2016

Tokyo's rooftop helipads remain unused

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Tokyo’s Peninsula Hotel boasts a chauffeur-driven 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom, a celebrity podiatrist studio and an aviation lounge to whisk executives to and from its $1,000-a-night suites by helicopter. Since it opened in 2007, the rooftop helipad has never been used. The hotel is one ...