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Man robbed of ¥3 mil on Nagoya street

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A 38-year-old man was assaulted by two men who sprayed a substance on his face and stole a bag containing 3 million yen in Nagoya on Tuesday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:50 p.m. in Minato Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. The victim, a company employee, told police that two men wearing face masks and caps came up behind him as he was walking along the street. One of the men sprayed something on his face and the other snatched his bag.

The victim called 110 on his cell phone. Police said he was taken to hospital and that he was not seriously injured by the substance sprayed on his face.

Police said the man works for a store that deals in antiques and used items. He said he received an email from a potential seller who had asked him to come and have a look at some items for sale, which is why he had so much cash in his bag.

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It is so weird that people in Japan are so obsessed with cash but still fall for the oldest tricks on the book. In my country this would be such an obvious trap that the victim would be automatically suspected of being part of the crime.

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Bags of cash are indeed necessary.

When I bought my house here, I was unable to get a mortgage. The real estate company demanded cash for the price of the house.

To be paid at their office on a Sunday, when of course the banks are closed.

I requested that millions of yen be taken out of my account at Japan Post Bank. After answering all their questions about whether I'd had a phone call from someone posing as my child or grandchild in desperate need of money, or if the money was going to Iran or North Korea, and what I was planning to use it for, etc., etc., they had the cash ready for me to pick up a couple of days later, on a Thursday.

I took a friend with me for protection.

Hid the wad under the cat toilet until Sunday.

Got it safely handed over to the real estate agent, who then paid the previous owner, who was sitting there waiting for it.

He gave me the keys and headed for Yokohama with his bag full of cash, much more than three million yen.

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Obviously, I have no proof of this but it sounds like 1 million for each guy, including the "victim."

I find it hard to believe it was a coincidence that these two men attacked him not knowing there's three million yen in the bag.

If it is an inside job, I hope he's a good actor.

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Going for an appraisal doesn't require taking cash. Agree the price and transfer funds bank-to-bank. As long as Japan remains wedded to using cash, look for this sort of thing to continue...

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@cleo

On occasion I have been into JA and every time I have seen old men getting large amounts of cash. Not that I want to encourage crime but I am amazed how open and easy it would be to rob these people. JA does not even have security windows.

It is also the case that quite a lot of old people put large sums of cash in non-bank places to avoid taxes both for themeselves and relatives. I am quite sure when this hidden money gets stolen they do not inform the police.

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You cannot get a 'burnerphone in Japan, as they require a phone contract with documentation of residency to get a phone number there. You can look at the various sites on Narita's website. ... Softbank prepaid. Its about 6,000 yen to buy the phone and get 2 months of service on...

Copying and pasting from a Reddit page - from 2014 - without crediting the source?

Great work!

https://www.reddit.com/r/japan/comments/1zmpog/shortterm_mobile_burner_phone_in_japan/

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I don't know here people are getting this "you only have to deal in cash" idea. When I bought my house I transferred the down payment from one bank to the bank I got the loan from. What is weird is at the time of signing I had to go downstairs and withdraw the cash and bring it back upstairs so they could separate the fees.

There have been a few cases like this and it seems like an easily avoidable set-up (not much common sense needed) or an inside job (or he just happened to have a big ¥ mark on his bag and was sweating like a fountain)

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 I disagree about walking around with millions of Yen in cash. I did that before City Bank went away to pay off a Japanese loan at Mizuho in cash. About ¥25,000,000 in crisp bills

CLEO:

Let me rephrase my previous statement.

No one these days with any sense walks around with millions of yen in cash.

cleo: I guess you don't live or have lived in japan. It's perfectly normal here. I also has to take a bad of cash to pay off my loan. The bank demanded it. I also know of plenty of others that had do to carry bags of cash to settle transactions. The banks here often DEMAND it.

No choice. Ridiculous, I know.

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This is an inside JOB.

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ZaphodApr. 14  04:21 pm JST

Police said the man works for a store that deals in antiques and used items. He said he received an email from a potential seller who had asked him to come and have a look at some items for sale,

Maybe check where this phone call came from? Just sayin...

He received an e-mail, not a phone call :-)

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Many years ago I too walked around with millions from the bank to my home, then the next day took the money to another bank to exchange contracts on a house.

Don't think I'd do that today

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 I disagree about walking around with millions of Yen in cash. I did that before City Bank went away to pay off a Japanese loan at Mizuho in cash. About ¥25,000,000 in crisp bills

Let me rephrase my previous statement.

No one these days with any sense walks around with millions of yen in cash.

Oddly for transferring the Notional of a mortgage between banks, here in Japan, that seems to be the norm.

Nope. Large sums go directly through the bank.

When people ask for large sums in cash you can be sure something fishy is going on. Either they’re trying to diddle you, or they’re trying to diddle the tax man.

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@Kyakusembi_Arimasu - as Japanese you must be used to it, but as a Foreigner walking around with a Briefcase of notes equivalent to a Buck or more is nerve racking - where's my handcuff, bodyguard thoughts ring through your mind, why's that person looking oddly at me ? Oddly for transferring the Notional of a mortgage between banks, here in Japan, that seems to be the norm.

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And here I thought nothing happens in Nagoya.

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You cannot get a 'burner' phone in Japan, as they require a phone contract with documentation of residency to get a phone number there. You can look at the various sites on Narita's website. ... Softbank prepaid. Its about 6,000 yen to buy the phone and get 2 months of service on it.

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Good plan. Bring CASH for something that wasn't even confirmed.

Hey buddy, next time, maybe have the seller come into the shop and bring the item.

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Was the seller legit or was it a set up?

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Can burner phones be used here, or is that just on American TV?

if you lived here, you’d know the answer already.

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Can burner phones be used here, or is that just on American TV?

@Cleo: I disagree about walking around with millions of Yen in cash. I did that before City Bank went away to pay off a Japanese loan at Mizuho in cash. About ¥25,000,000 in crisp bills. So there still are people carrying big cash here.

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Maybe he should consider introducing a cashless payment system in his shop. Or accept credit cards.

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If he was going to meet the seller, presumably he has an address where said seller can be reached.

Or was it another let's-meet-in-a-hotel-lobby-and-you-bring-a-bagful-of-cash kind of deal?

No one these days walks around with millions of yen in cash.

Either the employee is a total fool, or he's in on it.

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Police said the man works for a store that deals in antiques and used items. He said he received an email from a potential seller who had asked him to come and have a look at some items for sale,

Maybe check where this phone call came from? Just sayin...

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Police said the man works for a store that deals in antiques and used items. He said he received an email from a potential seller who had asked him to come and have a look at some items for sale, which is why he had so much cash in his bag.

No connection. Just an incredible coincidence. Yeah.

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That implies the email senders might be connected or identical with the robbers, doesn’t it?

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