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Sendai to continue property tax breaks for land owners hit by March 11 disasters, mainichi, 1/18/12

SENDAI — The city government here has decided to continue property tax breaks for land owners hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the 2012 fiscal year, it has been learned.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Sendai is the first municipality to confirm it is continuing the tax breaks.

Sendai took in 69.2 billion yen in property tax income in the 2010 fiscal year, but after the tax breaks, it expects to take in about 4 billion yen less for the 2011 fiscal year.

In the city’s plan, 1,213 hectares of land subject to relocation and flooded farmland will be exempt from property and city planning taxes, as will heavily damaged homes in sloped inland areas, where many landslides occurred.

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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