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Japan to Introduce 1,000-Yen Tax for Forest Protection

Japan to Introduce 1,000-Yen Tax for Forest Protection

   Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan will introduce a tax of 1,000 yen per person per year in fiscal 2024 from Monday, in a bid to secure funds for forest maintenance by local governments.
   The new tax will be added to the residential tax's per capita part from June.
   From the revenue from the new tax, some 60 billion yen per year will be paid to local governments to support their activities to thin out forests, increase forestry workers and replace cedar trees, which cause pollen allergies to many people.
   From fiscal 2024, the government will focus more on the size of forest areas than the population when distributing tax revenues for forest protection.
   In Japan, the residential tax is paid from June to May of the following year to the municipal government where the taxpayer is registered as a resident as of Jan. 1.

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