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05/10/2008

Shiga Pref. Government starts doing PR for "hometown tax"

Because reform bills to amend Local Tax Law were approved at the Diet, the furusato nozei  which means "hometown tax" will be implemented from the fiscal year 2008. The furusato nozei scheme will allow citizens to make donations for their hometowns where they grew up but currently don't reside. If they do so, their local tax payments will be deducted.

Shiga Pref. Government has already posted a new website called "Mother Lake Shiga Hometown Support," designed to attract donations by describing how the furusato nozei scheme works.

What makes Shiga's attempt special is that, unlike other prefectures, Shiga emphasizes its environmentally-friendly policies to preserve Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan supplying water to other prefectures.

Governor Kada on May 7 unveiled her attempt to propose local ordinances regarding furusato nozei in September, saying "donations should be used to preserve Lake Biwa for the sake of our grandchild's generation."

(Chunichi Shimbun, May 8, 2008)

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