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Fukushima waste disposal plant workers face charges for keeping Y10 million found in garbage

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Two men working at a waste disposal plant in Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture, face theft charges for keeping approximately 10 million yen which they and a third worker found mixed in with collected garbage.

According to police, three workers who were sorting garbage at the waste disposal plant discovered the cash on Feb 27, local media reported. Two of the men took the money home with them.

On Feb 28, one of the two men told the waste disposal plant office that they had found only about 100,000 yen in cash in a plastic bag. However, the Tamura municipal government, which commissions the plant to collect and dispose of trash for the city, questioned the second man, and after finding discrepancies in their stories, reported the matter to the police on May 25.

Police launched an investigation and learned that both men had pocketed roughly 10 million yen, which they subsequently returned .

Police said the owner of the cash is unknown, nor have they have been able to determine how the money ended up in the trash.


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If the original owner can't be found they should be allowed to keep it. But i bet the goverment will swipe it instead eh

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Yeah Ozzie, they should be allowed to keep it. But now they've lied about it and so the system will do its worst for no good reason.

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If the original owner can't be found they should be allowed to keep it.

They were at work, so I don' t know that they should be allowed to keep it. But if they had found the money on the street for example, the way it works is that you turn it in, then after a period of time (six months if I recall correctly), if no one claims it, they would be entitled to it.

It's because they didn't turn it in that they are facing charges. It wasn't their money, and they took it.

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My mother taught us "Finders keepers", but since there's no one to claim it, why the problems? If I found 1000 yen in my job's parking lot just blowing in the wind, am I to return it to the boss or supervisor?

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If they had handed it in, and the owner didn't show up, they would have been able to claim it.

If they handed it in, and the owner was found, that would be a great thing - they would have received a reward, the owner would have been able to get out of any temporary living situation they were in, and not have to depend on the govt. so much.

As it is, they stole it. Finders keepers works for 100 yen, but for 10 million? It's theft.

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Thats about £71.000 wow! its tempting just to keep that sort of money, but that amount you would be always looking over your shoulder, because some one would want that back, and if its crime related, well, there not going to be happy if you have just took it, yes it would hurt me to hand it in and declare it.

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The found cash belongs to the waste disposal company and if it's claimed will receive a 10-15% reward. If not claimed with a short period 3-6 months then the full amount goes to the company who may or may not decide to reward those workers but giving what they did probably not and probably even lost their jobs.

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It was mine!

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loose lips sink ships,,,

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Wow, that's a lot of money to put in the trash. That would buy me a lot of combini bentos.

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If they had handed it in, and the owner didn't show up, they would have been able to claim it.

Actually no they wouldn't have been able to keep it. They were working at a waste disposal plant, and anything of value that they find from inside the garbage would become the property or "find" of the owner of the business.

They took it home because they KNEW they would get nothing for finding the cash. There was a similar case not too long ago where the business collected the found money, after a worker turned it in, and then to the police. No one made a claim, so the owner received the money.

As someone mentioned, if they found it outside the company on the street, turned it in, and waited to see if any claims were made, they would have possibly been able to keep the entire amount, or if the owner found, entitled to 10% (maybe 20%, I forgot) reward. The owner would be legally obliged to pay that amount when recovering the lost cash.

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If you find something, turn it in, and do the paperwork at the koban, you can claim it in 90 days if the original owner hasn't. I've made use of this rule myself. The police officer at the koban even filled out the paperwork for me. It was then moved to the main police station nearest the koban where it sat until I claimed it on the 91st day. They even called me when they first received it, to let me know where it was. To claim it, all I had to do was go up to the claims window and show my ID. Then they unsealed the original envelope and verified the contents before giving them to me.

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Correction : show my ID AND the original receipt from when I turned it in.

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sensei258

in this case it was discovered on company property they their employees so the claim would be by the company and not the workers. If the cash had been found earlier say at the collection point it would have belonged to city. So it depends were it was found like on some one's private land then the claim would be theirs.

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If the cash had been found earlier say at the collection point it would have belonged to city.

Not necessarily, if I had walked along that road and picked it up I would be entitled to either the reward or the total amount after turning it in. BTW, the cash was "found" earlier, just not identified.

It really doesnt matter where or who picked it up, once it was picked up by the trash collectors it became the "property" of the trash collection company. Not the people who picked it up.

The city would have no claim on the cash. By your argument the city would still have a claim because it was picked up at a city collection point, but let's say it was a prefectural road, oh then the prefecture would have a claim, or on private property, like an apartment building or mansion, then the owner there? No they have no claim, only the people, or in the this case the company that identified the cash.

The trash collectors are contracted by the city, or privately.

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If I'm not mistaken, anything you find in Japan legally belongs to the city in which you found it. That's why you are required to go through the process like I did if you want to keep it. I've turned in many things that I didn't want to keep, cell phones, wallets, more than one unopened bottle of alcohol, even a new cutting board and expensive butcher knife to name a few.

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If I'm not mistaken, anything you find in Japan legally belongs to the city in which you found it. That's why you are required to go through the process like I did if you want to keep it. 

Right, so if you turn it in, file the proper paperwork, it's the property of the city that you are laying a claim to? Do you realize how illogical that sounds?

It becomes the property of the city, if found by the city, not an individual, and /or if turned in to the police, without the finder laying a claim to it.

There is a huge difference.

If you found 100,000,000 yen, it's not the city's property, it's the property of the person who lost it, AND makes a claim to retrieve the money, proving it is theirs. However, if you turn it in, make the claim, no one comes to claim it, it becomes YOUR property, and NOT the property of the city.

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Yubaru

not all the cases are so clear and cut and dry like the case in this post. Cash found on private property even if a garbage collection point. Whether found by the collection company or the city.

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not all the cases are so clear and cut and dry like the case in this post. Cash found on private property even if a garbage collection point. Whether found by the collection company or the city.

Never said otherwise, only that your supposition that anything found is city property is not correct..also

 If the cash had been found earlier say at the collection point it would have belonged to city. So it depends were it was found like on some one's private land then the claim would be theirs.

It would only have been theirs if they had identified the cash prior to it being identified at the trash recycling location. However there is no mention in the article that the men in question actually picked up the money themselves, only that they took it from the recycling/disposal center, which makes your argument moot.

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Yubaru

Never said otherwise, only that your supposition that anything found is city property is not correct..also

thats not what I said, or intended. I was saying if found at a city garbage point, not one on private land, the city has a claim to it and happened in a previous case.

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 I was saying if found at a city garbage point, not one on private land, the city has a claim to it and happened in a previous case.

And I am saying that no, the city would not have a claim to it, unless, as I wrote earlier, it was identified at the point of pickup. Which is highly unlikely, and also moot here in this discussion.

The city can only lay a claim to property if no one claims it themselves.

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