The government has passed legislation which makes almost all ticket touting illegal, following an industry-led campaign against ticket sale for profit.
The country’s Kokkai (parliament) unanimously approved the bill, which bans touting online or at any event where the organiser has prohibited ticket resale, following the #ResaleNO campaign.
The new law says, “This Act prohibits illegal resale of a specific entertainment admission ticket and establishes measures, etc. concerning such prevention, thereby ensuring proper circulation of entertainment tickets, thereby promoting culture and sports through promotion of box office.”
Anyone found to be breaking the law could receive a one-year prison sentence and/or a one million yen ($8,900) fine.
“We really hate illegal business practices in Japan and, although it’s maybe not as bad as 20 or 30 years ago, there are still gangsters who deal in this sort of thing,” says Onta Kawaguchi of promoter Creativeman Productions.
“There is strong regulation here and, of course, we want to make sure tickets are being sold directly to the fans.”
Creativeman promotes the annual two-site Summer Sonic Festival (Tokyo cap. 55,000, Osaka 40,000) and works with artistes such as Janet Jackson, Slash, Chvrches, Rita Ora, Marshmello, King Crimson and Pale Waves.