Japan to Allow Tax-Free Shopping on Vending Machines

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government and ruling parties are planning to allow tax-free shopping on specific vending machines in a bid to spur spending by foreign tourists, informed sources said Wednesday.

Currently, Japanese authorities give tax-free status to shops selling over the counter because of the need for identification checks with passports.

Government and ruling coalition officials are considering making vending machines with facial and text recognition functions eligible for tax-free sales, the sources said.

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

The move comes at a time when a growing number of foreign tourists are buying from vending machines selling Japanese souvenirs.

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