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Tourism boom drives Japan to turn offices into hotels

Visitor arrivals set to beat last year's record; influx squeezes accommodation supply
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 05:50
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The First Cabin hotel in Tokyo (above), which was converted from a 28-year-old office building and where 5,500 yen will get you a "business class" cabin with a single bed.
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The First Cabin hotel in Tokyo, which was converted from a 28-year-old office building and where 5,500 yen will get you a "business class" cabin with a single bed (above).

Tokyo

RECORD tourists to Japan are stretching the ability of hotels to accommodate them in a sector constrained by high costs, forcing developers to think out of the box for means to quickly increase lodging options without breaking the bank. Japan is on target this year to beat the

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