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(Update) Japan Maintains Decision on Hometown Donation Removal

(Update) Japan Maintains Decision on Hometown Donation Removal

   Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese internal affairs ministry said Thursday it is sticking to its decision to exclude the western city of Izumisano from the revised "furusato nozei" hometown tax donation system.
   The ministry concluded again that the Osaka Prefecture city does not qualify after failing to follow a ministry request to limit return gifts to donors to local specialties worth up to 30 pct of the value of each donation.
   On Thursday, the ministry notified the city of the decision. It reached the conclusion after a review based on a recommendation by a third-party dispute settlement panel that the policy be reconsidered as it may be illegal.
   "The conclusion came after a proper review," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.
   But the Izumisano city government said it cannot accept the ministry's decision at all.

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