Onions and innovation: Supporting local communities with Japan’s hometown tax program

August 26, 2020
by Rakuten.today
Onions and innovation: Supporting local communities with Japan’s hometown tax program

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life in rural Japan gives you 400 tons of unharvested onions, well, you use those onions to help fund your cash-strapped local municipality. Such is the concept behind Japan’s innovative Furusato Nozei (“hometown tax”) program, which allows taxpayers to make donations to any participating municipality …

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