Izumisano Wins Suit over Hometown Donation System Exclusion

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Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling and revoked the central government's decision to exclude the western Japan city of Izumisano from the new "furusato nozei" hometown donation system.

The top court's Third Petty Bench, presided over by Justice Yuko Miyazaki, dismissed Osaka High Court's ruling in January, which was in favor of the Japanese government.

The five judges of the petty bench made the decision unanimously.

Regarding the internal affairs ministry's notice on the standards for municipalities that can join the new donation system, the top court dismissed as "illegal and invalid" a passage saying that the central government takes into account the past methods adopted by local governments to gather donations.

The furusato nozei system allows taxpayers to make donations to local governments of their choice and enjoy tax cuts in return.

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