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(SoraNews24)   On today's "Weird or Cool from Japan": Furusato noze allows you to make a donation to any town in Japan and deduct it on your taxes, and get a gift from that town like locally grown tea or crab caught off the coast or a custom-made katana   (soranews24.com) divider line
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2022-05-29 12:56:36 AM  
When is it ever either or?
 
2022-05-29 2:12:53 AM  

kdawg7736: When is it ever either or?


When Fukashima is involved.
 
2022-05-29 5:26:46 AM  

kdawg7736: When is it ever either or?


Tea-guzzling crabs with katanas coming right up!
 
2022-05-29 5:57:00 AM  

kdawg7736: When is it ever either or?


Japan is mostly full of ordinary people trying to live decent lives. Anything which seems strange is rather rare.

Heck we can find plenty strangeness in our own backyards.
 
2022-05-29 6:12:31 AM  

Valter: kdawg7736: When is it ever either or?

Japan is mostly full of ordinary people trying to live decent lives. Anything which seems strange is rather rare.

Heck we can find plenty strangeness in our own backyards.


Anything that seems strange to the people of Japan?  Probably not.  But I'm thinking the whole "adjusted standards out of familiarity" effect might be sorta applicable here...
 
2022-05-29 7:17:57 AM  
This is a pretty new thing. My family has no "furusato," so there is no place we could send money to. I guess it is a good thing. Here is the rationale.

So young people go to big cities to be educated and then never go home to work. They stay in the big cities. Everyone knows it. That is the way it is. Eventually, you get concentrations of tax revenues, employment, and everything in the cities and rural areas just get hollowed out. What can you do about it? Well, a lot.

You can let those people from rural areas allocate part of their taxes as appreciation, or fairness, or whatever feelings they might have. And to keep it from being all charity and sad, or whatever, the rural areas send tokens of appreciation. The whole thing is apolitical. No national government is deciding how the money is allocated or to where. The givers are just giving the money, and are thereby giving less to the big cities in which they reside. That is ok. And the rural governments use the money to allay expenses.

One other thing that might blow people's minds is that Japan, which is often skewered for its high amount of public debt, has very little, like almost NO, municipal debt, and what there is is mostly for the largest cities. There are no school bonds, municipal bonds, mil levies, etc. No school board fights with teachers about school finance or any of that nonsense. So the rural areas have pretty tight and small budgets that are supported by block grants from the "states" or national government. And local taxes.

Japan has learned a lot from other countries. There are many nations that could benefit from ... especially Japan's practices of public finance and administrative law. Most Westerners who have tried to study them hate them, or just give up. Japan fails, but it has a lot of odd successes that people ignore. It is difficult to solve problems, and to do it together. Not turning your back on rural areas is one way to keep things together.
 
2022-05-29 7:25:53 AM  
Is it a hattori hanzo sword?
 
2022-05-29 8:33:22 AM  
I'm here to sign up for my tax crab.
 
2022-05-29 11:10:04 AM  
A bunch of my students do this... one got some ridiculously huge oysters a few months ago, another got crabs (not the 'bow-chika-bow-wow' type, ya' knuckleheads).  Seems like a cool plan, to be honest.
 
2022-05-29 2:23:32 PM  
Ahh.... From TFA,  Donate about $40,000 and get a custom katana.   😳👎🫤

Also, what's up with this seafood getting mailed?
From Japan?   Do I really want oysters that have spent three weeks in the mail system?
 
2022-05-29 6:10:56 PM  

PR Deltoid: Ahh.... From TFA,  Donate about $40,000 and get a custom katana.   😳👎🫤

Also, what's up with this seafood getting mailed?
From Japan?   Do I really want oysters that have spent three weeks in the mail system?


Their mail system is living in the year 2050. Next day shipping almost anywhere in the whole country. And it's cheap. I think I paid 8 bucks to next day my buddy a PSU.
 
2022-05-29 6:12:30 PM  

2fardownthread: My family has no "furusato," so there is no place we could send money to


You can do it with any location. The furusato thing is just part of the name, not a requirement.
 
2022-05-29 6:19:04 PM  

kyuzokai: A bunch of my students do this... one got some ridiculously huge oysters a few months ago, another got crabs (not the 'bow-chika-bow-wow' type, ya' knuckleheads).  Seems like a cool plan, to be honest.


I've been meaning to get a Yogibo (basically a giant beanbag chair). There's a bunch of stuff besides food in the program.
 
2022-05-29 6:41:53 PM  

Likwit: PR Deltoid: Ahh.... From TFA,  Donate about $40,000 and get a custom katana.   😳👎🫤

Also, what's up with this seafood getting mailed?
From Japan?   Do I really want oysters that have spent three weeks in the mail system?

Their mail system is living in the year 2050. Next day shipping almost anywhere in the whole country. And it's cheap. I think I paid 8 bucks to next day my buddy a PSU.


I have a friend who mails us fresh Maine lobster to California when she's there. A day tops. Those guys are still fighting ready even on ice.
 
2022-05-29 10:16:28 PM  

Likwit: kyuzokai: A bunch of my students do this... one got some ridiculously huge oysters a few months ago, another got crabs (not the 'bow-chika-bow-wow' type, ya' knuckleheads).  Seems like a cool plan, to be honest.

I've been meaning to get a Yogibo (basically a giant beanbag chair). There's a bunch of stuff besides food in the program.


One of my students swears by his Yogibo. Apparently, when his back is farked, it's the only place he can sleep. The wife and I considered getting some, but ended up with some Ikea chairs instead.
 
2022-05-30 10:21:23 AM  

2fardownthread: This is a pretty new thing. My family has no "furusato," so there is no place we could send money to. I guess it is a good thing. Here is the rationale.

So young people go to big cities to be educated and then never go home to work. They stay in the big cities. Everyone knows it. That is the way it is. Eventually, you get concentrations of tax revenues, employment, and everything in the cities and rural areas just get hollowed out. What can you do about it? Well, a lot.

You can let those people from rural areas allocate part of their taxes as appreciation, or fairness, or whatever feelings they might have. And to keep it from being all charity and sad, or whatever, the rural areas send tokens of appreciation. The whole thing is apolitical. No national government is deciding how the money is allocated or to where. The givers are just giving the money, and are thereby giving less to the big cities in which they reside. That is ok. And the rural governments use the money to allay expenses.

One other thing that might blow people's minds is that Japan, which is often skewered for its high amount of public debt, has very little, like almost NO, municipal debt, and what there is is mostly for the largest cities. There are no school bonds, municipal bonds, mil levies, etc. No school board fights with teachers about school finance or any of that nonsense. So the rural areas have pretty tight and small budgets that are supported by block grants from the "states" or national government. And local taxes.

Japan has learned a lot from other countries. There are many nations that could benefit from ... especially Japan's practices of public finance and administrative law. Most Westerners who have tried to study them hate them, or just give up. Japan fails, but it has a lot of odd successes that people ignore. It is difficult to solve problems, and to do it together. Not turning your back on rural areas is one way to keep things together.


I guess that is one approach but in my part of the world we follow the traditions set forth by Mad Max and launch raids against rural areas to capture blood bags and other supplies.  It is some effort to put spikes on vehicles, manufacture explosive spears, and cover ourselves with body paint but we must obey such traditions if we want to be taken to Valhalla to ride eternal.
 
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