| In the Tourism Vision to Support the Future of Japan (determined by the Council for the Development of a Tourism Vision to Support the Future of Japan on March 30, 2016) and in the Action Program Towards the Realization of a Tourism Vision (decided by the Ministerial Council on the Promotion of Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country on May 13, 2016), the JTA set the goal of increasing the number of tax-free shops in all areas other than the three major metropolitan areas to 20,000 by 2018, two years ahead of the previous schedule. The JTA has been working toward that goal.
The data on the number of tax-free shops in each prefecture as of October 1, 2016, have been aggregated as shown below. (See the accompanying sheet for details.)
- As of October 1, 2016, the number of tax-free shops in Japan was 38,653, up 9.8% from April 1, 2016 when the data were last aggregated, an increase of 3,451 shops in half a year.
- There were 23,826 tax-free shops in the three major metropolitan areas and 14,827 tax-free shops in the rest of the country. Tax-free shops in Japan, excluding the three major metropolitan areas, increased by 1,318 in half a year.
- The rate of increase for tax-free shops was 9.8% for the three major metropolitan areas with the same increase for all other areas.