Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Could this work in America? Look what Japan is doing.

There is the most amazing story in The Economist this week. It seems that the urban Japanese have very fond feelings for their rural countryside and so they tax themselves to help out some of their favorite small communities. The program is wildly successful, and the Japanese, who are known for their gift giving, are returning the taxes paid in locally produced farm and food gifts back to those who bestowed them with money. 

Lord knows we have problems with the decline and depopulation of our rural areas in the U.S. and many other places. Is this a program that we should try? 

See: Japan’s rural regions - Hometown dues: Struggling parts of the countryside have found a novel way to attract money


  1. I think this is a very wonderful, cool, & fantastic idea, but....This would never work here in America...
    why you ask?
    simple. our gov't has lost its connection with the American common folks...if someone tried to do this in America, the gov't. would get involved, then the cost of everything would skyrocket, about 1/2 way into the project, the gov't. would pull out leaving a bigger mess than they started with.
    Never mind the fact that our gov't cares more for the illegal alien, than it does for its own people.
    I DO think this is a wonderful idea though.

  2. As I wrote this, I, too, realized it would not work in American, but for reasons other than what you've mentioned. That said, I think it might work for some iconic small towns and regions which hold special nostalgia and are hold outs for some innovative artists and local artisan food producers. This has happened already in some very affluent areas like Marin County Calif, but that's why donating to the cause could help those that aren't so affluent. There are numerous differences between the U.S. and Japan.