Japanese Lawmakers to Submit Bill against Ticket Resale ahead of Olympics

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)--A suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers plans to submit a bill to parliament this autumn to prevent the resale of tickets for sport and concert events at higher prices, informed sources said Friday.

After unfair ticket reselling was questioned at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee demanded that the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics work for the establishment of a law to address the problem.

Japan currently has no law banning the resale of tickets, while many prefectures in the country have their own ordinances against ticket reselling, including around event venues.

The move by the Japanese lawmakers' group, including members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its junior coalition partner, Komeito, and the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, comes ahead of the start of ticket sales for the Tokyo Games next spring.

The bill will seek to prohibit the reselling of tickets for profit if the ticket issuers ban their resale and measures to prevent reselling, such as identity confirmation of buyers, are taken, according to the sources.

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