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Japan Tax-Free Shopping

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Japan Tax-Free Shopping

Things to Buy: Electronics, pearls, silk goods.

VAT/GST: 5 percent “consumption tax,” included in price.

Minimum Spend: 10,001 yen (U.S. $119) in any single store on any given day.

Insider Tip: VAT refunds are issued in the store where the purchase is made. Your visa will be stamped accordingly, and you may be asked to produce the goods when you leave the country.

Refund on a $500 Purchase: $24.

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