YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – In order to meet the July 31 road tax deadline in Japan, those who have not yet paid must do so by Friday to get the required military decal for their cars.

The annual road tax can be paid at local Japanese tax offices, post offices and some convenience stores. After that, drivers must show the receipt to their base vehicle registration office to get the decal and complete the process.

After Sunday, drivers of vehicles without the new decal are subject to having their licenses suspended, according to military officials.

Japan extended the deadline for the U.S. military community – on the mainland and Okinawa – to help those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and involved in the subsequent relief efforts.

Road tax is mandated by Japanese law and based on vehicle engine size. Here’s a basic fee guide:

Regular vehicle: 7,500 Yen

Large/other vehicle: 19,000 – 22,000 Yen

Mini car: 3,000 Yen

Motorcycle: 500 – 1,000 Yen

From staff reports

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