Japan towns offer masks as reward for tax donation

24 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

TOKYO: Japanese towns offer popular local specialities from wagyu beef to tuna as gifts to citizens who donate money in a special tax scheme, but the coronavirus pandemic has made masks this year’s must-have item.

People have been giving up to 7,000 yen ($65) in return for a “gift” of locally-produced reusable linen and cotton masks, said an official in the central Japanese town in Aisho. “I was surprised. There have been many donations since we began to offer the masks on April 1,” Aisho town official Junki Urabe told AFP.