The arcade kingdom is no longer brilliant, and the Japanese arcade game hall is being killed
Japan's upcoming consumption tax reform is likely to lead to the operational dilemma of the arcade game hall. Japan will adjust the consumption tax from 8% to 10% from October 1, 2019. This adjustment will not affect the food and beverage products in the restaurant, but will be effective for the arcade game hall. Japan’s arcade game hall has maintained the principle of “one coin playable” in recent decades, either a 50 yen coin or a 100 yen coin.
An arcade game hall owner said: "The arcade game hall can not require players to invest 110 yuan coins, so this part of the increased consumption tax will be entirely borne by the arcade hall, the entire industry may disappear."
Japan's arcade industry has been facing challenges for the past 10 years. In 2006, there were 24,000 arcade halls in Japan, but in 2016 there were only 14,000.
However, there are also arcade halls that accept electronic payments. These large-scale arcades can easily fine-tune the price of consumption tax, but those small self-operated arcades may not be so easy to deal with.
Another owner of the arcade hall, which was closed this summer, said: "It is best not to think about what will happen in the future. It will be heartbreaking to see your future destiny."