Japan to Implement Unified Beer Tax

December 22, 2016 Taxation in Japan

Beer Taxes in JapanTOKYO – Beer pricing in Japan could undergo a significant change, as the government mulls an overhaul to the taxation of the popular drink.

The government of Japan is proposing new tax regulations which would see a reduction in the price high-malt beers, with a corresponding price increase for low-malt beers.

Current regulations in Japan define beer as a beverage which has a malt content of at least 67 percent, with the lower malt-content beers being defined as either “happoshu” or “hodgepodge”.

The newly proposed legislation would see the malt threshold lowered to 50 percent, a moved which would see a greater range of imported beverages being defined as beer.

The current taxes on beer are set at JPY 77 for a can of beer, JPY 47 for happoshu, and JPY 28 for hodgepodge.

If the new proposal is approved, the tax brackets will be replaced with a single unified tax set at JPY 54.25 per beer.

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