Tag - furusato-nozei



Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward has offered a stationmaster experience at Shinjuku Station as a return gift for donations of ¥1 million to the ward.
May 1, 2024
Tokyo offers 'experience packages' as gifts to curb tax outflow
As their tax revenues continue to decline, Tokyo wards have begun diversifying their gift offerings under the hometown tax program.
A woman makes a donation for people affected by the Noto Peninsula earthquake set up at Shinjuku's Keio Department Store's in Tokyo on Monday.
Feb 1, 2024
¥17 billion raised for quake-hit Ishikawa
A committee made up of members of related organizations will decide how to allocate the funds, which will be distributed via local municipalities.
A website offering gifts for the furusato nōzei hometown tax program
Oct 1, 2023
Japan hometown tax changes mean donors getting less bang for buck
Local authorities must now keep the total value of gifts and other costs — including shipping fees — below 50% of the donations they receive.
People participate in a tour to climb to the top of a 120-meter Daibutsu statue in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture. The tour is offered as a gift in return for donations under the furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 1, 2023
Japan's hometown tax donations set record for third year
The value of donations under the furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system rose by about 20% from the previous year to ¥965.4 billion.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2023
Local governments in Tokyo spruce up donor gifts
Shinjuku Ward is considering a menu of unique gifts, such as crafts related to local industries including printing and dyeing, and a one-day 'mayor's experience' program.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Oct 2, 2022
Tax breaks, local specialties: What to know about Japan’s furusato nōzei program
Foreign residents had difficulty taking advantage of the program due to a lack of information in languages other than Japanese — until now.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2022
New platform encourages Japan's foreign residents to use tax donation programs
The furusato nu043eu0304zei program allows people to give tax payments to prefectures and municipalities in exchange for gifts, but uptake among non-Japanese has been low.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2022
Gifu project to rescue cats using tax donation system draws backers
The government in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, gives donors return gifts associated with cats to encourage feline devotees across the country to make active contributions to society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Apr 18, 2022
As furusato nōzei tax program thrives amid COVID-19 pandemic, some lose out
Not all municipalities are benefiting from the program, under which people give tax-deductible donations to municipalities and receive gifts such as local specialties in return.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2021
Pandemic a boon for Japan's hometown tax donation program
Operators of websites that mediate between municipalities and donors are projecting that the amount raised for fiscal 2020 will top the record of u00a5512.7 billion in fiscal 2018.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2020
In Japan, the perfect tax-deductible gifts: face masks and sanitizers
With supplies of face masks and sanitizers running short amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some municipalities have begun to offer such items as gift incentives as part of the furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system rather than local products like meat or fish.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2020
City that makes a third of Japan's toilet paper flooded by tax donations amid rumor-driven buying binge
For one city in Shizuoka Prefecture, panic-buying has evolved into panic-donating.
Jan 30, 2020
Osaka Prefecture city's removal from hometown tax scheme ruled valid
A court Thursday ruled that the government acted lawfully in removing a city that offered extravagant gift incentives to attract tax-deductible donations from the furusato nōzei (hometown tax) program, marking a first in the conflict between the central and local governments over the program.
Oct 13, 2019
Dispute over hometown tax donation system
A decision by the internal affairs ministry raises questions from the viewpoint of local autonomy and the decentralization of administrative powers.
Oct 12, 2019
Western Japan city to sue ministry after being excluded from hometown tax donation system
The city of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, will file a lawsuit against the internal affairs ministry in a bid to reverse a decision to remove the city from the revised furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system, Mayor Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu said Friday.
Japan Times
Oct 4, 2019
Ministry confirms city in Osaka Prefecture will be barred from hometown tax donation system
The internal affairs ministry said Thursday it is sticking with its decision to exclude the city of Izumisano from the revised furusato nōzei hometown tax donation system.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2019
Donations to quake-hit towns in Hokkaido rose sharply in fiscal 2018
Donations to three towns in Hokkaido hit by a powerful earthquake last year expanded sharply in fiscal 2018 under the government's furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system, according to local municipalities.
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2019
Donations to Japan's hometown tax donation program topped record ¥512 billion in 2018
The annual total surged 40 percent, the steepest increase on record, as governments drew interest from around the nation with generous return gifts.
Japan Times
May 27, 2019
Nearly 60% back new rule limiting value of gifts offered through hometown tax donation program: survey
A survey has found that 58.4 percent of respondents are supportive of a new rule limiting the value of return gifts handed out under Japan's furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system to local products worth 30 percent or less of the value of donations.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2018
Abuse is the norm for Japan's hometown tax donation system
On Sept. 11, then-Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda gave a news conference at which she stated the government's intention to revise laws for local taxes.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
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