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Hometown Donations Used for COVID-19 Aid, Disaster Relief

Hometown Donations Used for COVID-19 Aid, Disaster Relief

   Tokyo, June 2 (Jiji Press)--As Japan marks a year since the "furusato nozei" hometown donation system switched to a new framework, local governments are using money collected through the scheme for COVID-19 response and disaster relief measures.
   The situation is seen as an improvement from the previous framework, in which some local governments gave lavish return gifts to donors, triggering overheated competition for donations. The new framework limits the gifts to local products worth 30 pct or less of the value of donations.
   Osaka Prefecture in western Japan has established a fund through which money donated under the furusato nozei system and other schemes is used to give Quo Card gift certificates worth between 100,000 yen and 200,000 yen each to medical workers.
   The cards are also handed out to employees of hotels housing coronavirus patients. The fund has received more than 2.3 billion yen in donations.
   Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, is using donations to fund the development of technologies to swiftly detect coronavirus infections, as well as to support joint empirical research with related institutions.

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