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Swine Fever Affecting Furusato Nozei Return Gifts

Swine Fever Affecting Furusato Nozei Return Gifts

   Tokyo, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)--The recent outbreaks of swine fever in Japan are affecting some local municipalities that send pork products as return gifts under the country's "furusato nozei" donation system.
   The disease, also known as hog cholera, has been confirmed in five prefectures--Aichi, Osaka, Nagano, Gifu and Shiga.
   Under the furusato nozei system, people can make donations to prefectures or municipalities of their choice, which do not necessarily have to be their hometowns, and the donors qualify for income tax cuts. Many recipient local governments offer return gifts to donors.
   At a farm in the village of Miyada in Nagano, 79 of the 80 pigs transferred from a farm in the city of Toyota in Aichi tested positive for swine fever. All 2,444 pigs at the farm were slaughtered.
   As a result, the Miyada municipal government, which had sent sliced meat taken from pigs at the farm as a return gift under the furusato nozei system, has now been forced to stop taking orders for the pork from people making donations to the village. The meat was for "shabushabu," a hot pot dish.

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