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Japan will not impose tax on Big Tech after registering HQs

Tokyo pushes for easier consumer recourse against online harassment

Facebook parent Meta is among the IT companies that have registered their overseas headquarters in Japan following government requests.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will not tax foreign technology companies after registering their overseas headquarters in the country, the National Tax Agency says, as Tokyo encourages compliance with registration to give consumers greater recourse over online disputes.

Foreign companies with continuous operations in Japan are required to register their overseas headquarters with authorities here. The Justice and Internal Affairs ministries in March 2022 notified 48 foreign tech businesses that they were in violation of this rule.

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