Tokyo Citizens Handed Over Lost Cash Worth ¥3.99 Billion To The Police Last Year

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Tokyo Citizens Handed Over Lost Cash Worth ¥3.99 Billion To The Police Last Year

What is common in all the news you see on the news channels or read in your tabloid every day? Dishonesty? Betrayal? Well, here is a very surprising and refreshing news for your eyes. Citizens of Tokyo handed over ¥3.99 billion in lost cash to the police last year. Yes, you read that right. And just so you know, this is a very common practice in the city. 

Tokyo Citizens Hand Over Lost Cash

On Wednesday, the Tokyo Police reported that they received a record  ¥3.99 Billion in lost cash from the honest citizens of the city. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department reported that out of this, they returned ¥2.95 Billion to their respective owners. The money that remains unclaimed for five months, goes to the metropolitan government. 

According to police department data, ¥3.43 million lost things were turned into police stations in 2022, a 21.9 per cent rise from 2021, according to Japan Today. For people who are unaware, the city is known for returning lost cash and property to their respective owners. 

In Japan, anyone who reports lost money to the police is eligible to receive a share of the money (between 5 and 20 per cent), if the owner is able to recover it. As three months passed without a claimant being found, the good samaritans of Tokyo received almost $478 million of the money collected, according to TimeOut

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Identification Documents Are The Most Common Ones

The report stated that data from the police department’s Lost and Found Center indicated that between 2015 and 2019, the total number of lost items stayed close to ¥4 million. During the pandemic, the number drastically decreased to ¥2.8 million in 2020 and ¥2.81 million in 2021. (According to India Today)

But last year, in 2022, the lost property case rose to ¥3.5 billion and the reason behind this is said to be the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Identification documents were the most often discovered goods, followed by “securities” like clothing, wallets, and umbrellas.

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