02/18/2014 11:08 am ET Updated Feb 18, 2014

Japan's By-The-Hour 'Love Hotels' Are Basically Recession-Proof

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From rooms kitted out like medical clinics, where couples can play "doctors and nurses", to grottos where it is permanently Christmas, Japan's "Love Hotels" cater to almost every taste, offering a few hours of reasonably-priced privacy in a crowded country.

And with the kind of occupancy rates that most hotels can only dream of, even during economic hard times, they are an almost recession-proof business.