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Usually the taxes on purchases are already included in shop prices, so you can pay the taxes automatically. These taxes are tobacco taxes and alcohol taxes, which are for specific item, and consumption tax that is for every item. In these taxes case, you can pay automatically, so you don't need to worry to forget to pay the taxes.
In this connection, the tobacco taxes are about 60 percents. And the alcohol taxes depend on the kinds of alcohol, so I drew the below table to describe the details.
|Class||Alcoholic drinks||Alcoholic strength||Tax charge each one liter||Additional charge each 1 percent|
|Beers||Beer (Basic tax ratio)||Less than 20%||220|
|Low-malt beer (malt ratio 25-50%)||Less than 10%||178|
|Low-malt beer (malt ratio less than 25%)||Less than 10%||134|
|Other kinds of beers made by hop||Less than 10%||80|
|Alcoholic beverage made by fermentation||Sake||Less than 22%||120|
|Fruit liqueur and wine||－||80|
|The others (Basic tax ratio)||Less than 20%||140|
|Whisky, Brandy, Spirit||37%||370||10|
|Mixed liquor||Liqueur, Fruit wine||12%||120||10|
|Sweet cooking Sake||－||20||－|
|Other alcohol (Basic tax ratio)||20%||220||11|
*Since May 1st, 2006
Since I visited Canada, I found out Japanese prices of beer and wine are very expensive. Maybe, beer's price is double, wine's one is from double to three times. So, if you love beers and wines, I recommend you to drink a lot of glasses in you country before coming to Japan.
For reference, Canadian beer's price was 150 yen and I could buy several kinds of wines with around 1,000 yen in Canada.
And, Japanese consumption tax on every purchase is 5%, and the rate will increase forward.
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