Fukuoka Pref. to Introduce Hotel Tax in FY 2020

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Fukuoka, July 12 (Jiji Press)--The Fukuoka prefectural assembly Friday passed an ordinance to introduce a tax for users of hotels, "ryokan" Japanese-style inns and other accommodations in the southwestern Japan prefecture.

The move followed the passage of a similar ordinance through the municipal assembly of Fukuoka, the capital of the prefecture, last month.

As a result, Fukuoka is expected to be the first city in the country where accommodation fees are taxed on both prefectural and municipal levels.

After gaining approval from the internal affairs ministry, the prefectural and municipal governments aim to put the ordinances into force early in fiscal 2020, which starts in April 2020.

Under the two ordinances, individuals who stay at accommodations in the city must pay a total of 200 yen in tax per head--150 yen for the city and 50 yen for the prefecture--on accommodation fees of less than 20,000 yen.

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