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Get a tax break plus lobster & beef in Japan

Taxpayers who donate to towns with dwindling populations receive a wide range of thank-you gifts in return

TAX BENEFITS: Shigeki Kanamori, who gave 3 million yen to about 200 municipalities, is surrounded by the thank you gifts, mostly local specialities, which he received from various towns and cities.

Hirado, Japan

TAX breaks come in many forms. Charitable gifts. Healthcare expenses. Mortgage interest payments. In this small fishing village, they come in a cooler. It is part of the great tax giveaway happening across Japan. Taxpayers who donate money to Hirado get a nice deduction and