ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Business trends

Amazon pays $137m in Japan tax, a 10-fold increase from 2014

Big Tech reassesses profit-shifting as criticism mounts

TOKYO -- Big American tech companies that had maneuvered to reduce their tax exposure in Japan are changing course amid mounting criticism worldwide that they are not shouldering their fair share of the burden.'s Japanese subsidiaries paid about 15 billion yen ($137 million) in corporate taxes in each of the years ending December 2017 and 2018, according to an insider. This marks a more than 10-fold surge from 2014 -- when two units together paid 1.1 billion yen -- compared with an increase of only 75% in Amazon's Japanese sales over that period to $13.8 billion in 2018. The news was first reported by Kyodo News.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more