INTERVIEW: Izumisano Mayor Raps Ministry over Hometown Donation System
Izumisano, Osaka Pref., Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The mayor of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, has criticized an instruction issued by the internal affairs ministry earlier this year regarding a review of the "furusato nozei" hometown donation system.
The ministry instructed local governments to limit gifts for donators under the system to products of their own regions, in order to cool down competition for donations among them.
The ministry is preparing to submit a law revision to shut out of the furusato nozei system local governments that do not follow the instruction.
Izumisano attracted donations totaling 13,533 million yen in fiscal 2017, the largest amount among all municipalities. On the western city's lineup of return gifts are about 1,000 local specialties procured from across the country, including beef and beer.
In a recent interview with Jiji Press, Izumisano Mayor Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu claimed that the donations to the city resulted from efforts by related officials and others to find and prepare popular gifts based on a survey on what donors want.
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