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GOJ to shorten tax breaks for Okinawa

  • December 2, 2016
  • , Asahi digital
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Asahi reported online that the Abe administration and the ruling coalition are likely to shorten tax breaks for alcohol and other selected items for Okinawa from the present five years to two years when the current arrangement expires next year. Noting that this favorable tax treatment has been renewed every five years since the island prefecture reverted to Japanese administration in 1972 and that the prefectural government and the local business community have been insisting on an additional five-year extension, the daily said the central government is inclined to stop favoring Okinawa in view of Governor Onaga’s opposition to Futenma relocation. A GOJ source said the fact that there are currently no LDP Diet members from the southernmost prefecture may be a factor that is prompting Tokyo to stop giving favorable tax treatment to Okinawa.

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