16,000 New Year greeting cards stolen from 26 Lawson stores in Hokkaido


Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, said Tuesday that around 16,000 New Year greeting cards ("nengajo") have been stolen from 26 Lawson convenience stores. Security cameras have captured footage of two men who are believed to be the thieves.

According to police, a store manager contacted police on Sunday night after he noticed that a number of cards had been stolen, TBS reported. By early Monday morning, police said they had received word that a total of 26 stores in the area had been affected by similar robberies.

The greetings cards went on sale at the end of October for ¥52 each. So far, a total of 16,165 cards worth ¥840,000 have been stolen, police said.

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In fact there is serial number on each card , post office can invalidate them

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In fact there is serial number on each card , post office can invalidate them

The average Jo can't invalidate them, so the thieves can still sell them. Unless you think the perps will be writing and sending the cards themselves.

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After they sell the cards, lack of security at Lawson shops is hardly the concern of the Post Office. I'm sure Lawson is insured anyway.

It would be rather cruel to somehow invalidate them (if that is even possible) seeing as they have probably be sold on to the unsuspecting elderly.

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It's likely that they've been selling in bulk to those discount ticket shops you see everywhere. Still, this averages out to more than 600 per store, which is a lot of missing inventory to not notice sooner.

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Wow, I guess the thieves have lots and lots of friends....

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maybe the thieves attempt to create the Guiness record, "the most Christmas greeting card delivered from a person"

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The Grinch That Stole Oshogatsu!

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Imagine one of those cards wins the Jackpot ?! Then, the card would be invalid I'd think.

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Checked the local retirement home?

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Jojo in the past 30 years , I only 5 times I win a set of 2 stamps ( in one sheet ) each 50 yen .... there is no Jackpot

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the comments here made me laugh! especially the many friends comment! But seriously, how can this happen to many different store and not be caught, wow

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All coming to a flea market near you soon!

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More than a billion are sent every year so you are lucky to have won anything!

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They're going to have terrible writer's cramp.

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The odds of winning the first prize (10,000 yen) is 1 in 100,000. Second prize (Furusato parcel) is 1 in 10,000. Third prize (Otoshidamae sheet) is 1 in 50.

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khulifi at Nov. 25, 2014 - 07:51PM JST "jojoinjapan

Jojo in the past 30 years , I only 5 times I win a set of 2 stamps ( in one sheet ) each 50 yen .... there is no Jackpot"

Since the p.o. also started issuing nenga stamps for use on envelopes the decorative sheets that are the lowest prize in the new year postcard/letter lottery consist of one 50 yen stamp and one 80 yen stamp. Many years ago when postcards cost 5 yen to mail, the sheets were of four 5 yen stamps. I've lived in Japan for more than thirty years and never won more then that prize, usually from one to three sheets (from 100 to 130 cards received). I think there was one year when I won nothing. I have seen others collecting the letter sets that were the second from lowest prize and knew a man who won a TV a few years ago so I know thd jackpot exists.

I would be very surprised if the cards in this case were not stolen for the purpose of selling them for cash at the discount ticket shops. What intrigues me is that (in this article so far at least) only Lawson stores have been reported to have suffered these thefts. Were other chains not targeted or just haven't realuzed or reported any incidents?

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If we could just get them to steal all of the "Odoshidama" envelopes in my area, I'd be very happy.

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