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No vacation without taxation

Record foreign tourism prompts Japan to look for new revenue to handle the flow

Kyoto is eyeing the introduction of a lodging tax.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government and the country's popular tourist destinations, including the ancient capital of Kyoto, are mulling a new tax on tourists as the country sees a record number of visitors this year. They hope to use the revenues to pay for improvements to tourist attractions and public transportation.

The Tourism Agency is exploring different ways to increase the funds it has available, on top of what it receives from the general budget. "A departure tax is one possible option," an official from the Tourism Agency told the Nikkei Asian Review on Wednesday, though the details have not been fleshed out.

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