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Departure tax under ¥1,000 proposed

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — An experts’ panel formed by the Japan Tourism Agency on Thursday proposed imposing a tax of less than ¥1,000 per head on all people leaving the country.

The departure tax is designed to secure funds for projects to increase the number of visitors from abroad, including developing tourism resources, making immigration procedures smoother and enhancing tourism promotional activities overseas, the panel said.

It said the tax should be introduced as soon as possible before 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games. But it stopped short of proposing a specific date for the introduction.

The panel called for the tax to be under ¥1,000 to prevent the levy from causing a decrease in the number of visitors from abroad.

Details will be discussed by the ruling bloc later this year as part of annual tax reform talks.Speech

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