A city in Japan refused to accept the national decision to file an appeal
Mayor Chiyosatsu Daiken (THE PAGE)
Overseas.net, June 30th. On the 30th local time, the Supreme Court of Japan overturned the first-instance judgment of the Osaka District Court and ruled that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan canceled the decision of the city of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture to pass the "Hometown Tax" fundraising. . Izumisano City raised 49.7 billion yen (approximately RMB 3.2 billion) through the "Hometown Tax" in 2018, but in 2019 the Japanese government disqualified it for "inappropriate fund-raising methods".
According to Japan’s "Daily News" reported on the 30th, Japan has implemented a "hometown tax" system since 2008. Residents can enjoy tax deductions if they donate to local governments outside their residence. In order to obtain more donations, various local governments have launched fierce competition through the return of luxury gifts. Since 2015, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan has required local governments to exercise restraint, but in 2018, Izumisano City raised about 49.7 billion yen by giving gifts such as coupons on shopping sites.
In March 2019, the Japanese government amended the local tax law and made it clear that the gifts must be "local specialties with a donation amount of less than 30%." In April of the same year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications issued a notice to all localities in accordance with the law, "It will be traced back to November 2018, the fundraising method will be reviewed, and non-compliant local governments will be disqualified"; in June of the same year, Izumisano City, etc. were cancelled Qualifications, the new system is officially implemented.
The city of Izumisano first filed a complaint with the Osaka District Court, arguing that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications should not review the past fundraising behavior with the standards just established. In January this year, the Osaka District Court decided in the first instance that the city of Izumisano lost the case on the grounds that it "raised a large amount of money by using improper techniques."
Izumisano Mayor Chiyo Matsuda said earlier that the donations collected have played a role in many public utilities, such as repairing the Kansai Airport bridge and the residents damaged in the typhoon. Housing, educational facilities such as the construction of swimming pools for primary and secondary schools, and the enrichment of local medical resources in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. (Overseas Wang Xiluo)