Japan to allow tax-free shopping through vending machines

Japan Times

November 21, 2019

The government and ruling coalition are planning to allow tax-free shopping for specific vending machines in a bid to spur spending by foreign tourists, sources said Wednesday.

Currently, the authorities grant the tax-free status to shops that sell over-the-counter goods because of a need to check identifications on passports.

The government is considering making vending machines with facial and text recognition functions eligible to sell tax-free goods, the sources said.

The change will be included in a tax system reform package for fiscal 2020, which starts next April.

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