On the 100th anniversary of Japan's gifting of cherry trees to the United States as a sign of friendship, a Japanese businessman is recreating the gesture.
Alex Hara is vice president of commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Hara was so moved by the U.S. and U.S. military response to the 2011 Japanese tsunami, he's spearheading the planting of 1,000 cherry trees across the Dayton region. It's called Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project.
Kentucky's tax amnesty is winding down and the officials running it are expecting the response during the final days to be overwhelming. The program started October 1. Mack Gillim with the Department of Revenue said more than 11,000 applications have come in so far.
"Of that, a little over 9,000 were in-state applications and almost 2,000 out of state," said Gillim. "We've had over 23,000 phone calls and 46,000 plus visits to our website."
Gillim said, based on Kentucky's previous amnesty programs, there could be another 20,000 or so applications.