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The town of Kutchan, part of the Niseko tourism zone that includes a number of popular ski resorts in Hokkaido, introduced a 2 percent levy on Friday for stays at all lodging facilities in its jurisdiction, marking the first rollout of a proportional accommodation tax system in Japan.

The tax, which also applies to private lodgings, is expected to bring in revenue of up to ¥300 million ($2.76 million) per year for the town. Authorities plan to use the funds to better accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors flocking to the area, with measures that would include training multilingual staff and improving the public transport system.

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