Japan Govt Considering Tax Breaks for KyoAni Donations

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Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering lowering the tax burden for people who donate to Kyoto Animation, an anime production company struck by an arson incident last month, informed sources said Thursday.

One scheme being considered is classifying funds donated to the arson-struck studio as donations given through local governments so they would qualify for tax credits, the sources said.

It is extremely rare for tax breaks to be provided to donations to a specific company.

"We're considering what kind of schemes are preferable, while respecting the opinion (of Kyoto Animation) and closely sharing information with Kyoto Prefecture and the National Tax Agency," Japanese economy minister Hiroshige Seko said in a press conference following a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The arson attack on a company studio in the city of Kyoto on July 18 killed 35 people and injured 33 others, excluding suspect Shinji Aoba, who was severely wounded and hospitalized after allegedly igniting gasoline he poured on the first floor of the studio.

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