Gillian Tans, chief executive officer of Holland-based Booking.com, disclosed her company's plan in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on May 29. Tans said the Japanese tourism market is rapidly expanding ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but there is a prolonged shortage of accommodations. She believes if "minpaku" (staying in a household or a private room in a house) becomes more common here, it can encourage more foreign tourists to come. In Japan, lodging in a minpaku is a relatively new concept and falls outside the current legal system for regulations for inns and hotels, which must meet more stringent health and safety standards. Get the full story at The Asahi Shimbun