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Low tax collections may cost Naha ¥480 million

Date Posted: 2010-05-28

Collecting the national health insurance tax is an annual activity, with federal subsidies kick in when local municipalities attain a 90% or higher collection rate. Naha City’s efforts this year are falling below that number, and it could cost the prefecture’s largest city more than ¥480 million in subsidies.

Naha City is now more than ¥87 million from the target necessary for receiving the subsidies, leading Mayor Takeshi Onaga to call on all citizens to pay their taxes quickly. He’s already had 140 senior staff personnel in the Naha City Office working the phones, calling people to appeal for their support in making the payments.

The Naha City National Health Insurance tax is currently ¥1.94 billion below where it needs to be in order to qualify for subsidies. The deficit has been increasing each year. Officials say failure to qualify for the subsidy will be a big problem for the city in meeting citizens’ needs. “I understand home financial problems might be very hard,” says Mayor Onaga, “but I hope that you will pay the tax before the end of May.”

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