Japan considering taxing the casino winnings of foreign tourists Shintaro Kamimura, Inside Asian Gaming · December 3, 2019 at 6:26 am The Japanese government is considering implementing a tax on money won by foreign visitors to the nation’s casinos. In a decision that could have major implications for Japan’s IR industry, the ruling party has flagged applying the withholding tax in order to prevent tax evasion. It is believed that operators will have a duty to record wins and losses of each game and the purchase price of chips used by players in their casino. This will be included in the 2020 tax reforms to be drafted in December, with the aim of realizing tax reform by 2021. Further, tax inquiries will be difficult once a foreign visitor has left Japan, introduction of a withholding tax is being considered.