Wagyu Beef Full of Fat as Return Gifts Draws Donor Complaints

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Miyazaki/Kagoshima, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--"Wagyu" Japanese beef full of fat sent as gifts in return for tax-deductible donations to some municipalities has drawn complaints from donors.

The town of Misato in Miyazaki Prefecture and Ichikikushikino in Kagoshima Prefecture, both in southwestern Japan, apologized to those who donated to them under the "furusato nozei" donation program over the beef in question.

Misato, which made available 800 grams of sliced Miyazaki kuroge wagyu beef as a gift to those who donated 10,000 yen or more to the town, came under fire after a man said on Twitter on Oct. 5 that most of what he got was fat and posted a photo of it.

The town offered an apology on its website. A company processing and selling meat in the prefecture's capital sent the beef to 40 donors after July, according to the town.

Citing the company's lax quality management, Misato removed the beef from the list of return gifts from which donors can choose. It plans to send replacements to donors who want the beef to be exchanged.

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