National Jul 28, 2021

Hometown tax donations hit record high in fiscal 2020

The total amount of money collected under the furusato nōzei (hometown tax donation) system in fiscal 2020, which ended in March, rose to a record high of ¥672.5 billion, it was learned Wednesday. The figure jumped 1.4-fold from ¥487.5 billion in the previous year. The number ...

Aichi city aims to give ‘dropout’ service dogs a second life

National Jan 12, 2021

Aichi city aims to give ‘dropout’ service dogs a second life

The city of Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, is utilizing Japan's furusato nōzei hometown donation system to support a second life for dogs that fail to become service animals. There is currently no public support for such dogs, according to the Japan Service Dog Association. "There are ...

National 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. The ...

Donations to quake-hit towns in Hokkaido rose sharply in fiscal 2018

National 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. Under the plan, which allows taxpayers to contribute to their hometowns or other municipalities ...