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Japan's tax revenue from int'l travelers likely to have tripled in FY2023

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The expected revenue increase in the past year puts the spotlight on whether it will be spent mitigating the impacts of overtourism, such as pollution, noise, traffic congestion and local complaints due to overcrowding in certain tourist spots.

How about using the 40 billion yen surplus in international tourist tax to fund a panel of middle-aged Japanese “Karens” to draft instructions on how to properly ring shrine bells without excessive force?

Or an additional elderly security guard to stand by helplessly as foreign tourists tear holes in the mesh barrier blocking the view of Mt. Fuji?

Or reducing Japan’s 1.30 quadrillion yen debt by 0.003 percent? 

Or creating a few extra amakudari positions for senior bureaucrats or corporate upper-management — basically those aged 60+ looking for positions with decent status that will allow holders to continue their two-hour Kogyo Club lunches in Marunouchi?

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Japan's tax revenue from int'l travelers likely to have tripled in FY2023

Squeeze every bit of money from tourist while make tourist life inconvenience.

From making barrier to prohibit taking picture of mount fuji

https://japantoday.com/category/national/barrier-at-viral-mt.-fuji-photo-spot-to-be-replaced-after-holes-found

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To additional fee to climb mount Fuji,

https://en.japantravel.com/yamanashi/mount-fuji-to-charge-climbing-fees/70580

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Japan know how to make money from tourist.

-18 ( +16 / -34 )

Great picture, lots of colorful kimonos is always good to see, usually just a special treat on holidays.

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Japan's tax revenue from int'l travelers likely to have tripled in FY2023

Trickle down policies Luke with Abenomics and New Capitalism will once again amount to less than zero for the working populace.

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

Need to use it to speed up departures/arrivals procedures at Haneda! Last time I was there the line for security check was around 1km long...

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More money to pay for big black screens to block the foreign tourists' views and physical barriers and security guards to keep them away.

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Trickle down policies Luke with Abenomics and New Capitalism

I meant Trickle down policies like with Abenomics and New Capitalism etc etc you know the drill.

No edit function.

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And yet you still whinge about the absolute minority of tourists that do the wrong thing.

We've been all around the world and this disrespect happens everywhere - again by only a handful.

We love coming to Japan - please don't blame all of us.

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No mention of where this revenue will go. It will likely disappear into a government coffer so Japan can boast about being a rich country. Meanwhile, nearly 25% of Japanese kids and 50% of Japanese elderly live in poverty.

-5 ( +15 / -20 )

Japan know how to make money from tourist.

Actually, it's the opposite. Your example (barrier to prevent photos) shows this.

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Peanuts.

A big reason tourists love Japan is the incredible infrastructure they use to get around. This costs way more than the fare they pay. Let them contribute like everyone who lives here.

First step: cancel this ridiculous duty free purchasing from retail stores. Why on earth should tourists pay less than locals?

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Kashida will be rubbing his hands together and calling the gun factory to order more military equipment.

It does not matter that the elderly have no support and end up dead as a result of him not giving a toss about them.

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The Japanese government would do well to show the public exactly where this money is being spent. Wanna go full PR mode fix up local schools, understaffed kindergartens and anything related to the youth. Tourism for our future sort of thing.

Right now there is a lot of negative noise about the tourism ‘problem (!)’ on the airwaves, but that’s just sign of the times easy clickbait.

Show them the money!

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happyhereToday  09:11 am JST

First step: cancel this ridiculous duty free purchasing from retail stores. Why on earth should tourists pay less than locals?

They say its tax free but its just a 10% discount. And the shop still has to pay 10% tax to the govt on the sale price plus tax on any profit they make.

But you are correct that a local should be able to walk in with a passport and ask for the same 10% discount and get it.

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..and they still complain about tourists

-10 ( +7 / -17 )

Some state exempt foreign tourists for sale tax, usually 8 percent in Texas

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While you're at it, revoke the tax free shopping for non residents. They'll buy whether it's a few Yen more since the Yen is on par with the Peso.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

I just got back from visting Japan and don't remember 1000 yen tourist tax. It may have been on added to my airline ticket. I don't mind. 1000 yen is nominal. I do remember buying tax-free stuff in Japan which is really nice. :)

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Hey Kyoto folks, stop complaining about over tourism, we are rolling in tax cash.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Cut taxes on residents so everyone sees some benefit.

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Okay? So what can 40 billion yen (approx. 256 mil USD as of 6/4) do for the economy? This can't even fund a new stadium nowadays. I can agree with this statement from happyhere:

Peanuts.

A big reason tourists love Japan is the incredible infrastructure they use to get around. This costs way more than the fare they pay. Let them contribute like everyone who lives here.

Would like to see the profit margins with expenditures included for infrastructure upkeep, etc. Otherwise this news means nothing to me. This was expected anyways with higher prices and added tax towards tourists.

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Cut taxes on residents so everyone sees some benefit.

Exactly right.

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Total tax revenues are also highest ever, but those are wasted to benefit corporations who have collusion with LDP, it's not given back to life of citizen at all.

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

They should spend some of that on tourism-related items:

-More buses to handle the increased number of tourists, as is sorely needed in Kyoto.

-Properly translated multi-language signage in tourist areas.

-Police or special security patrols with foreign-language ability to assist pedestrian and traffic flow, and prevent problems such as the Fuji-san photo op crowds and Gion geisha assaults.

-Info kiosks with multi-lingual staff at major tourist spots, train stations, and airports.

I'm sure there are other measures that escape me at the moment that would go a long way to make life more pleasant for both tourists and residents.

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"Please give us your money, but please don't stay, and don't look at things and take pics, don't block us, our city doesn't need you, etc."

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"Domestic direct purchases by non-resident households," an export item in GDP statistics, will be 3.6918 trillion yen on an annualized basis in 2023.

The ratio to GDP will increase sevenfold from 0.1% in 2022 to 0.7%.

Domestic travel spending by Japanese people in 2023 will be 21.8802 trillion yen (down 0.2% from 2019, up 27.5% from the previous year).

Japanese government liabilities will be 1,297.1615 trillion yen.

The Japanese government's net external assets will be 471.3061 trillion yen as of the end of 2023.

Financial assets held by Japanese citizens and individuals were 2,141 trillion yen as of the end of December last year.

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Cultural clash vs a governmental money grab!! Japan want tourist but doesn't want curious tourist they want the money, in other words, please come shop quietly, spend gracefully and disappear silently!!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Errect the view blocking barriers!!!..oh wait…

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More buses to handle the increased number of tourists, as is sorely needed in Kyoto

This. Sadly the city seems to have thrown it's lot in with an over priced and under serviced "Hop On, Hop Off" scheme operated by private bus Companies. Not enough buses. It's open top even in the winter. Frequency and crowding are as bad if not worse compared to city buses.

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Helped by a weak yen that has made traveling to and shopping in Japan cheaper for foreign tourists,

I'm fed up of hearing this myth that it is cheap to travel to Japan. Ticket prices to Europe from North America came back down significantly after the pandemic but prices to Asia have remained higher than they ever were and are nowhere near back to pre-pandemic levels. JAL and ANA prices are prohibitive compared to North American airlines but they are still making record profits.

I agree that Japan is still an affordable place to visit once you are there but getting there is still outrageously expensive.

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