Tourists in Japan to get five-minute tax rebates in 7-Eleven shops

Want China Times
Date: 2015-07-12
By: Li Hsin-tung and Staff Reporter

To enable tourists to receive tax refunds more quickly, 1,000 7-Eleven stores in Japan

A 7-Eleven store in Tokyo, Japan. (File photo/CFP)

A 7-Eleven store in Tokyo, Japan. (File photo/CFP)

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]

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