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The village of Itadori, Gifu Prefecture, announced plans Thursday to impose a new tax on campers beginning in April 2004.

The revenues will primarily be used to cover cleaning costs at nine camp sites, along with the costs of installing new toilets and employing more nature conservation wardens.

Itadori officials said the village may impose a tax of between 100 yen and 200 yen on every user of nine camp sites. It aims to generate revenues of between 10 million yen and 20 million yen a year.

The Itadori River, a tributary of the famous Nagara River, flows through the village. Around 100,000 campers visit the camp sites each year, the officials said.

Some of the revenues will be used to monitor potential rockfalls. In June last year, a junior high school student from Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, was killed by a falling rock.

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