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Japan to submit resale bill ahead of Tokyo 2020

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in mind, Japanese lawmakers have revealed plans to submit a bill that would prohibit ticket resale for profit.

As it stands, Japan does not have any legislation in place to ban resale, though it does have ordinances in place against touts within the proximity of event venues.

The International Olympic Committee has reportedly demanded that the Tokyo 2020 organising committee enact a law to address the resale problem.

TicketNews reports that according to informed sources, the bill will seek to quash the resale of tickets for inflated prices at sport and concert events. It will also introduce resale measures for ticket issuers, such as identity confirmation of buyers.

Late last year, the Tokyo organising committee requested a clampdown on ticket resale.

“It will affect the Games’ reputation,” an official said, according to the Japan Times in 2017. “We want to create a framework through which we can thoroughly crack down on people reselling tickets obviously for a profit.”

Last week, Tokyo 2020 detailed an outline of proposed ticket prices for the Paralympic Games, with a commitment to enhance the family atmosphere at the Games and attract as many youngsters as possible.

A ceiling price of 7,000 yen has been set as the maximum price of tickets for sports events at the Paralympic Games.

Ticket prices for the Olympic Games were released in July, with prices starting at 2,020 yen ($18/€15.40/£14) to represent the year of the event.

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