Physical goods imported into Japan are taxed. And, according to the Japanese media, starting in 2015, foreign downloads will be as well.
Content such as digital music, ebooks, apps and games downloaded from foreign servers will levied with a consumption tax, reports Nikkei.
Going on info from government sources, Asahi, one of the largest papers in the country,explains that individuals in Japan who buy digital content from Amazon.com can get their content at a discount, because it’s currently not taxed. Downloads, however, sold through domestic Japanese servers are taxed.
Thus, this has given foreign-based retailers an advantage — something about which Japanese vendors have complained. And next year, that means taxes for digital foreign goods.