What you need to know
- Japanese users will see prices increase as of October.
- The Japan Consumption Tax will increase to 10%.
- Recurring subscriptions aren't affected.
Apple has informed developers that their apps will see a price increase in the Japanese App Store following a tax change that is due to come into force soon.
In a post to the Apple developer website (opens in new tab) the company notes that the Japan Consumption Tax (JPT) will increase from 8% to 10% in October. Once that happens it will update the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps in App Store connect. The changes will see developers receive more money as a result, although they do also have the option of reducing the prices of their apps accordingly.
Because of the nature of JCT recurring subscriptions aren't impacted by the change.
Developers are also reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure all relevant taxes are paid as and where they need to be. In other words, don't pocket the extra 2% income generated by these changes.
The change in tax also means revised app pricing tiers, too. Apps can be sold in the Japanese App Store at 120 yen for Tier 1 and 250 yen for Tier 2.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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