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Japan eyes better tax collection from smartphone game providers

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Japan is considering improving its tax collection from the sale of smartphone games services by targeting app distribution platform operators like Apple Inc. and Google LLC, sources familiar with the matter said.

Improving its tax collection seems to be a goal of the LDP bureaucracy. With the MyNumber cards and pension payments for foreign residents.

While spending a gross amount on corporate welfare and crony capitalist projects and returning very little value to the citizens.

Nice little scam they got there.

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To avoid the Japanese tax you need to change the country of your AppStore or Google Play Store to any other country in the settings.

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What about just raising cooperate taxes on domestic conglomerates here that have been making record profits?

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Corporate :)

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I don't know why but it sounds like Japan is desperate for extra $$$

Waiting for when they will announce a hike in the consumption tax.

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Yup, sounds like a good idea when prices are inflated and our salaries have been stagnant. I don't care if we supposedly have the cheapest iPhone available to purchase, our salaries have not changed and yet the price for products in yen have been rising.

2021 OECD data

Median Annual Income in the US: $74,738 or 11,061,224 yen (rate: 148)

Median Annual Income in Japan: $39,711 or 5,877,228 yen (rate: 148)

128GB iPhone

Price of iPhone 13 in 2021: 98,800 yen (JP) or $799 (US)

Price of iPhone 13 in 2022: 119,800 yen (JP) or $799 (US)

The consumption tax on products will just increase prices for foreign made apps like VPN services for example. Probably not a good idea if your citizens to have more purchasing power, but good idea if you want your citizens to only buy domestic products. Either way, I don't see Japanese citizens moving away from purchasing Apple products any time soon.

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iPhone 14 not 13 in 2022

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Stinks of greed.

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For Apple I use the American store mostly but occasionally the Japanese one for Japanese only apps.

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Improving its tax collection seems to be a goal of the LDP bureaucracy. With the MyNumber cards and pension payments for foreign residents.

While spending a gross amount on corporate welfare and crony capitalist projects and returning very little value to the citizens.

Nice little scam they got there.

Exactly.

Stinks of greed

Of course. It's the LDP.

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