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Press translations [Japan]. Economic Series 0164, 1946-01-14.
Supreme Commander for The Allied Powers. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section.

translation-number: economic-0765

call-number: DS801 .S81

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No. 765 Date: 14 Jan 46


ITEM 1 Lectures for Women Voters - Part III - Bonds and Taxes by HASEDA, Taizo - Provincial newspaper The Kahoku Shimpo (Sendai) - 8 Jan 46. Translator: T. Okamura.
Let us look at the issue of war bonds in JAPAN. Since the outbreak of the CHINA Incident JAPAN issued bonds totaling some 120 billion yen, and the debts amounted to some 40 billion yen. These debts were made mostly through the Southern Development Bank (NANFO KAIHATSU KINKO) and similar organizations, and these debts were incurred for mobilizing all materials and labor in these territories. The total amount of national bonds issued by the end of the 1945 fiscal year and not yet redeemed is estimated to surpass 156 billion yen. This means that since the outbreak of the CHINA Incident in March 1937, the amount increased by 12 times, since the bonds then were calculated at 13 billion yen, as interest on the 156 billion yen of bonds. The Government must pay 5,700,000,000 yen annually.
The five-year financial plan, which has been released, estimates the ordinary annual revenue on the present tax system at 12 to 13 billion yen, and the sum of interest which the Government has to redeem yearly is to be paid by half of the total tax revenues. The present tax rate is by no means low. If the time comes when there is a postwar business depression, and prices of commodities go down, the revenue through taxes will be decrease, while the bonds will remain at the some amount. In such cases, a majority of the State revenues must be utilized for the payment of interests on bonds. When half of the State revenue from taxes are spent for such payment, the Government will be obliged to restrict other expenditures. The Government will be placed in a difficult situation, which will not allow the conduct drastic enterprises. In short, the gradual accumulation of bonds means a heavy burden for the Government in postwar times, the settlement of which is understood to be the first step for economic recovery of a new JAJAN. What the Government is confronted with at present are not only that problems of redemption bonds, reparations, postwar reconstruction, and unemployment, but many other serious problems. In this connection, the solution to the bond problem must be taken up immediately. The Government plans to solve this problem by the introduction of new property taxes and war profits taxes.
I would now like to go into a short explanation of the capital levy. The property tax is divided into ordinary and extraordinary taxes. The former is levied annually at the rate of 0.1 or 0.2 per cent of the value of individual property, while the latter is levied only once, but on a high rate. This tax is usually levied as an emergency measure during a financial crisis in a country. The objective of the capital levy is to collect at one time a great sum of money in order to redeem bonds

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or to pay for important defence equipment. After World War I, a few countries introduced the property tax, but the most interesting example was when the British Labor Party advocated the enforcement of the new tax to w[illegible]the general election after the end of the war. According to the plan advocated by the Labor Party of ENGLAND, a 5 to 60 per cent tax was to be levi[illegible]on individual property of over 5,000 pounds in 11 graduated rates. The ai[illegible]was to collect three billion pounds at half of the total bonds, other than those owned by the UNITED STATES, and at the same time to save 150 million pounds, which was essential for the payment of interest at the rate of five per cent a year. The tax money to be collected would be based on statement submitted by individuals, and the revenue authorities would conduct investigations to ascertain the correctness of statements and fair valuation of properties. The property tax provided many difficulties in ascertaining the correctness of statements and the valuation of properties, but the Party insisted that the proposed tax was not so difficult since the revenue author, ties had long been handling the property inheritance tax in ENGLAND. The payment of such a tax would be made in cash, but payment in bonds or similar medium is usually permitted. The plan provided that tax payment must be completed within one year after the enforcement of the new tax. These programs of the plan contemplated by the Labor Party could not be put into force due to obstruction by the conservatives and other political parties that time. Consequently, we could not see the outcome of the plan.
It is advisable to enact the property tax at the earliest possible date after the termination of war; in other words, it is better to enforce the tax while the prices of commodities are high. In such time, the tax revenue will amount to as great sums and the amount of redemptions of bonds will be great; thus the saving of interests will be most effective. On the other hand, the further the prices of commodities decline the more difficult the tax collection will be.
JAPAN plans to collect 70 to 100 billion yen by the enforcement of the property tax and the individual property increase tax, thereby redeeming the major portion of the issued bonds, and saving around 3,700,000,000 yen in payment of interests upon such bonds. The writer would like to advise the Government to enact the new taxes at the earliest date to gain the project effects. It is also worthwhile noting that such taxes will play an important role in preventing inflation booms, and also in effecting a fair redistribution of capital among the people of the NATION.
Much anxiety is being attached to the blow to be struck at economic circle in connection with the enactment of the new taxes, but it is only natural entertain such anxiety in view of the hugeness of the amount of taxes to collected. However, we are of the opinion that the introduction of such taxes have nothing to do with land, buildings, machinery, vessels, vehicles or raw materials, vital for economic stability. The enforcement of such taxes will never cause serious effects upon the production of such commodities. Caution, however, must be taken in not to invoke friction by the enforcement of the taxes, for large amounts of money are expected to move, though temporarily, and frequent transfers of the ownership of large sums of money are anticipated after the enforcement of the project. The greatest obstacles to the enforcement of property taxes are not only technical difficulties in collecting taxes or such financial hindrances, but political influences are also great. For this reason it is advisable for the Government to require the greatest co-operation of the Nation. The proper tax is by no means the best measure to meet the postwar financial situation but the success of the levy of such taxes will greatly contribute toward the financial and economic adjustment and reconstruction of JAPAN.
ITEM 2 The Agreed Price of Vegetables to Come into Effect as From 13 Jan - Asahi Shimbun - 12 Jan 46. Translator: K. Soto.
With the coming of winter the supply of vegetables is getting short, and their price keeps rising daily. In order to prevent this and improve the situation, a meeting of producers, consumers, and the representatives of Green Grocers Control Company and the Consumers Corporation was held under the auspices of the Metropolitan Office. As a result an agreed price of vegetables was established to be enforced from 13 January. This agreed price will be set by taking into consideration th[illegible]
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the conditions of production, consumers, and the general situation when vegetables appear in the market. The total amount of vegetables that will be available to Tokyo in January is 1,800,000 kan, and it will amount to 20 monme per person. The wholesale price of radish will be 8 yen per kan and, adding 20 per cent commission to this, the retail price will be 9.60 yen. On the whole the price will be fixed on the basis, and there will be a little fluctuation according to the quality of the products.
ITEM 3 The Information Office buys wheat on black market The Teller suspicious of fraudulences - The Xomiuri-Hochi - 12 Jan 46. Translator: T. Ukai.
Full Translation:
It has been reported that a number of the personnel of a governmental office has taken to the black market, purchasing a large amount of cleaned wheat and distributing it among themselves. Taking into account especially the point that the black marketeers are authorized officials of the Information Bureau, the public Procurators' Office showed deep concern and asked for the personal appearance of Messrs. NAGAI, Tokuichi (60 Year old), SHIMADA and SAKANO, managing director and director respectively of the SHOWA Industry Company (SHOWA KOGYO), KYOBASHI Ku, processor and miller of cleaned wheat, and, naturally, a certain sectional chief of the Information Bureau. The examination has been going on since the end of last year and is likely to assume serious proportions.
It is explained that the said Company offered for sale 100 bales of cleaned wheat, originally committed to its care by the Food Administration Association (SHOKURYO EIDAN), at about 300 yen per bale, to the Information Office. Further, it has been learned that the said firm had resorted to the black market with wheat-flour, "ame" (wheat-gluten or glutinous rice-jelly), etc, making an easy profit. They are also being questioned about suspected business fraudulence, such as giving short measure. The sectional chief and the personnel concerned the Information Bureau have been called to account and asked by President KAWAI of the Office to send in written explanations. They have been reprimanded. One of the subordinates of the Office says that the purchase had been paid from the pocket money of the president.
ITEM 4 The New Taxes - Part I - Commentary by WATANABE, Kikeizo - Nippon Sangyo Keizai - 12 Jan 46. Translator: T.Kitagawa.
The bills for the personal property tax and the war profits tax on corporations were released by the Finance Ministry Thursday. The property tax aims at stabilization of JAPAN'S economy and finance, which is presently in utter chaos, by drastic taxation of the Nation's property. It also aims at checking further inflation.
General provisions.
Tax payers: Both individuals and corporations are subject to the tax. In the case of the former, persons subject to the tax are those who have lived in the jurisdictional area for more than one year on the day of investigation or those who have personal properties in the jurisdictional area. In the same way, corporations which have their main office or properties in the jurisdictional area on the day of investigation are subject to the tax. The day of the investigation has not been fixed yet. But following the French example, the last day of old yen conversion into new yen will probably be set for the day of investigation. All of the property of those who have been within the jurisdiction more than one year will be taxed, but properties belonging to foreigners are subject to the tax only when they have properties in the jurisdiction.

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Individuals who have properties in the jurisdiction but do not have their residences, or those who have not been more than a year in the jurisdiction will also be treated as foreign, nationals; that is to say, their properties are taxable only when they are within the boundaries of the jurisdiction.

Overseas properties, whose owners are not in the jurisdiction on the day of investigation, however, will be taxed if they return within three years after that date. Juridical persons who have their main office in the jurisdiction on the day of investigation will be taxed on all the properties they have on the day of the investigation. By a juridical person is meant not only corporations but also juridical persons for the public benefit or functions.
Location of properties: No question will arise as to the location of movable properties and real estates. Ships are regarded to be located in the place of registry. As to other properties, unless stated differently, in receiving credit at a bank, for instance, the bank will be the location of properties. Properties in general are presumed to be located where their owners live.
Owners: Cases such as properties in trust or life insurance contracts in which more than one person is entitled to a certain credit will be treated as follows: The bill provides in case of trusts that beneficiaries are the owners of the properties, and consignors are the owners when no beneficiaries are stated in deeds. Trustees will be the representatives of financial functions. As to common trust funds, beneficiaries will be the owners of the properties. In cases of postal annuity, mutual financing association contracts not yet due, or life insurance contracts not yet paid, contractors are presumed to be owners of the properties.
ITEM 5 Large Catches of Cuttlefish at CHIBA Coast - Nippon Sangyo Keizai - 12 Jan 46. Translator: R. Aoki.
Full Translation:
From the first days of the new year great schoals of cuttlefish like surges of golden waves, have begun to approach as near as two miles off the shores of the fishing towns of KAMOGAWA, AMATSU, and KOMINATO of CHIBA ken. They are so abundant that even ordinary fishermen with fishing tackle can catch from 50 to 80 kan a night. This is really a large catch.
Yet, probably because of the inflation, the price does not show any sign of breaking but holds to the spot prices of from 70 to 80 yen per kan. Thus, a fisherman makes from 3,000 yen to 6,000 yen a night, and the proverbially poor fishermen of that District are now raking in considerable fortunes. This condition exists to such a degree that the sudden prosperity of fishermen tends to raise the black market price of rice in the nearby villages and is confusing the conditions of the locality, where the record of rice delivery to the Government has not been good for a long time, even without the new developments.
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