The National Police Agency says that police departments in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures -- which were devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami -- have recovered around 3.7 billion in cash from safes and members of the public.
According to an NPA report, which covers the four months between the earthquake and July 10, about 57,000 safes containing around 2.36 billion yen in cash were recovered. Of those, 2,370 safes containing 770 million yen were from Iwate Prefecture, 2,420 safes containing 1.04 billion yen originated in Miyagi Prefecture, and 910 safes containing 553 million yen were returned to Fukushima Prefecture. The NPA said some of the safes contained up to 100 million yen.
Because much of the money was stored with bank books and land registry title deeds, police were able to track down a large proportion of the rightful owners. Police say that 96% of the recovered money has been returned, which amounts to 2.27 billion yen.
The NPA report also states that, including money which was handed in to police in bags, purses and wallets, the recovered total comes to 3.7 billion yen. Around 85% of this total has been returned to its rightful owners. Police said they are continuing to search for clues that will lead them to the owners of the remainder.© Japan Today