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Friday, 8th November 2013
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Tax free shopping to be extended

Visitors to Japan will soon be able to enjoy an increased number of tax-free goods for foreign visitors on popular souvenir items, informed sources claim, with the aim being to stimulate consumption.

As reported by, the government has ambitions to implement the plans as early as spring next year, which is good news for those travelling to Japan in 2014.

It also bears well for those hoping to attend the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, although details on how the tax exemption will be extended have yet to be revealed.

Foreign visitors are already exempt from paying consumption tax when they make purchases of 10,000 yen or more at department stores or specialist tourist shops. However, no refund is granted for the purchase of cosmetics, food, alcohol, medicine, film, batteries or cigarettes.

If you're planning a big spend in Japan next year in celebration of this news, consider a shopping spree in one of Tokyo's upmarket shopping districts, such as Shibuya or Shinjuku.

Written by Graham McPherson

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