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Japan looking to impose $9 departure tax

Foreign, Japanese travelers would help pay for upkeep at tourist spots

The arrival lobby at Narita Airport, near Tokyo, is getting more crowded by the year as Japan becomes a hot tourist destination.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is talking about introducing a departure tax of 1,000 yen ($8.76) on anyone, including foreigners, leaving the country.

Officials from the Japan Tourism Agency and Finance Ministry who are discussing the tax appear to favor that it take the shape of a surcharge on airfare.

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