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Diet panel OKs bill to ban ticket scalping ahead of 2020 Olympics

  • November 30, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 1:02 p.m.
  • English Press

A lower house panel on Friday approved a bill that would ban ticket scalping for concerts and sports events in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The legislation is expected to pass the House of Representatives on Tuesday and then go to the House of Councillors, or upper house.

In Japan, there has been no law to control online scalping of tickets for popular events including professional baseball games, but ticket brokering is prohibited on streets and other public places under local ordinances.

Ticket sales for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will begin next year.

The bill prohibits resale of tickets at prices higher than their original prices and taking over tickets for the purpose of scalping. Violators of the rules would face a jail term of up to one year or fines of up to 1 million yen ($8,800), or both.

Subject to the upcoming ban are tickets that designate in advance seats or the name of spectators. The bill also requires event organizers to make efforts to identify ticket holders.

But individuals would be allowed to resell their tickets in case of scheduling conflicts.

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