Izumisano to File Suit over Hometown Donation System

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Izumisano, Osaka Pref., Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--The western Japan city of Izumisano will file a lawsuit against the internal affairs ministry to make it cancel its decision to remove the city from the revised "furusato nozei" hometown tax donation system, Mayor Hiroyasu Chiyomatsu said Friday.

"The ministry's decision to exclude us as a lesson to others should not be tolerated in a nation ruled by law," Chiyomatsu told a press conference, again criticizing the ministry's policy.

The city will file the suit with Osaka District Court by Nov. 6.

In September, a third-party dispute settlement panel recommended to the ministry that it should review its decision to exclude Izumisano from the new donation system. The ministry made the decision on the basis of how Izumisano collected donations under the old system.

The panel said that the ministry's exclusion decision may overstep the confines of the law.

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