My Japan Times JBC 115: “Know your rights when checking in at an Airbnb” (Apr 17, 2019)

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Hi Blog.  Here’s and excerpt of my latest Japan Times Just Be Cause Column 115, on NJ check in at hotels and Airbnb.  Reports to Debito.org are already coming in that police are willfully misinterpreting the law, so be prepared if necessary to produce the law and stand your ground.  Debito Arudou Ph.D.

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ISSUES | JUST BE CAUSE

Know your rights when checking in at an Airbnb
BY DEBITO ARUDOU, 
THE JAPAN TIMES, APR 17, 2019

Last year, the government passed a law covering minpaku, which is when people rent out space on their properties to travelers (a la Airbnb). The law is part of an effort to regulate accommodations amid a tourism boom ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

One issue for non-Japanese travelers, though, has been whether they must show ID such as a passports at check-in.

For hotels, which fall under the Hotel Business Law, the regulation has always been this: For any adult, Japanese or non-Japanese, who has an address in Japan, ID is not required. You just write your contact details in the guest registry. However, for guests who don’t reside in this country, displaying ID (i.e., your passport) is required.

Seems straightforward so far, right? But as has been reported several times over more than 10 years of this column, the police (and occasionally the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) have confused things. Some hotels have been instructed that all “foreign guests” must show ID, specifically their passports…

Rest at https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2019/04/17/issues/know-rights-checking-airbnb/

More information at http://www.debito.org/?p=15559.

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One comment on “My Japan Times JBC 115: “Know your rights when checking in at an Airbnb” (Apr 17, 2019)

  • — Forwarding this message from a commenter to the Japan Times Online version to this article, who noted:

    mamoru_giappopazzie
    JT is not approving my comments with the written answer I received from the health and labor ministry that confirm there is no obligation for foreign residents to have their zairyu card copied and the hotel has no right to refuse lodging for that reason.

    ==========================
    From: XXXXX
    Subject: Fw: 大阪市消費者センターからの回答です
    Date: April 19, 2019
    To: “debito@debito.org”

    This is what I received from my city when I complained about tje zairyu card request in Utsunomiya during a business trip.

    I complained directly with the hotel after the reply from the consumer center and they apologized and sent me back the photocopy of HALF the zairyu as the other half (hold your laughing please) got lost somewhere… and this is one of the reason I don’t want to leave around personal data I have not the obligation to give away.

    Since then 2 years ago everthing got better and the same place in Utsunomiya started to ask if I were a resident before checking in. The same happened this month in Tokyo, in Nagoya etc. as I saw during my trips. And I travel a lot.

    hope this content would be useful and I suggest to make inquiries to the consumer center as tjey take care to contact the bureaucrats at the ministers etc.

    Best Regards, XXXXX

    shouhisha-center@city.osaka.lg.jp wrote:
    平成29年4月7日
    XXXXX  様
                                      大阪市消費者センター

     当センターで受理しました電子メールによる消費生活相談について、次のとおりお答えします。
    ____________________________________________

     ご相談いただいた案件につきまして厚生労働省の担当部署に確認したうえで、回答させていただきます。

     ご相談者様が指摘の通り、「日本国内に住所を持たない外国人」の方の宿泊に際してはパスポートの提示及びコピーが義務付けられています。しかしながら、在留カードを所持している「中長期在留者」に対しては、在留カードの提示もコピーも義務付けられてはおりません。

     したがって、当該ホテルに対して、上述の内容を説明して、在留カードのコピーの返却を求めてみてはいかがでしょうか。

     また、今後、同様のことを求められた場合は、在留カードの提示もコピーも拒否することは可能です。それを拒否されたことを理由にホテル側が一方的に宿泊契約を解除することはできません。

     ただし、ホテル側には「旅館業法」により、宿泊者名簿を備えておく義務がありますので、氏名、住所、職業、その他都道府県知事が必要としている事項の記載を拒むことはできません。

     もし、ホテル側に「旅館業法」に違反するような不適切な行為があった場合は、ホテルの営業を許可している都道府県知事(保健所設置市又は特別区にあっては市長または区長)に申し出てください。
    ENDS

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