Want China Times
By: Li Hsin-tung and Staff Reporter
To enable tourists to receive tax refunds more quickly, 1,000 7-Eleven stores in Japan
will introduce a duty-free system by the end of this month. It is estimated that they can complete the tax rebate procedure in five minutes.
Thirty-one 7-Eleven shops in Japan have already introduced the duty-free system. In addition to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, some scenic spots in Tokyo have also launched the system. It is expected that the number of 7-Elevens with the system will increase to 3,000 by the end of the year.
Under current regulations, tourists who spend over 5,000 yen (US$41) to buy consumables (foods, drinks, medicines, cosmetics) or over 10,000 yen (US$82) for general goods (electric appliances, clothing, accessories, etc.) can have the 8% consumption tax eliminated. [FULL STORY]