Japan Exit Tax Will Pay for Safety System

November 21, 2017 Taxation in Japan

First Class Check-in Counter at NRT Narita Airport - Japan AirlinesTOKYO – Japan could soon have a system to keep tabs on all Japanese tourists around the world, paid for by all the international and local tourists leaving the country.

The Japan Tourism Agency is looking at using the revenues raised from a proposed exit tax to fund the development of a system to check on the safety of Japanese tourists travelling abroad.

Currently, the government of Japan is looking at implementing an exit tax of JPY 1 000 per person leaving eh country on a plane or ship, with the charge to be added to the fare paid for the travel.

The Agency hopes to use the funds to create a system which will centrally manage the records and information about Japanese travellers who are overseas.

The new system will allow the government to easily collect information on the status and safety of Japanese travellers in emergency events, such as natural disasters or terrorist events.

The Agency believes that using the exit tax for their intended purpose is justified, as approximately 40 percent of all departures from Japan are made by Japanese citizens.

Approximately 40 million depart Japan per year, meaning that the tax would raise an estimated JPY 40 billion.

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