Japanese C-Stores Can Now Sell Alcohol, Tobacco at Self-Checkout

Customers can scan their identification or their government-issued My Number Card.

February 08, 2023

TOKYO—Japanese convenience stores are now allowed to sell alcohol and tobacco through self-checkout, reports Japan Today. Japan’s Minister of Digital Affairs Taro Kono made the announcement during a recent press conference, saying the changes go into effect immediately for c-stores that are set up for compliance with the required identification regulations.

The regulations include a device at the self-checkout register that can scan either the customer’s identification or their My Number Card, which is a non-mandatory, government-issued ID card. Japanese law states customers must be 20 years or older to purchase alcohol or tobacco.

Legislation allowing the use of Japan’s My Number Card began in November, and the Japan Franchise Association, whose members include convenience store chains, has now completed the necessary compliance work, according to Japan Today.

“This will be an opportunity to experience the convenience of the My Number Card,” said Kono of the new self-checkout regulations.

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