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Mystery man donates bags of cash to local schools in Nara

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By Katie Pask, SoraNews24

Three schools across Nara City received a surprise visitor on the afternoon of Feb 24. A man, believed to be in his 70s, briefly spoke to staff, saying, “Please use this for the children”, before handing over plastic bags containing 30 million yen.

The man visited an elementary school, a junior high school, and a high school, donating 10 million yen to each. Staff attempted to follow the man but were unable to find him. The money is now in the hands of the Nara City Board of Education, where they will use it for educational activities at the schools.

The identity of the man is still unknown, but acts like this are far from uncommon in Japan, thanks to 60s anime protagonist and professional wrestler Naoto Date, better known as Tiger Mask. Using Tiger Mask as a pseudonym, people have carried out anonymous (and sometimes life-changing) acts of kindness, usually to schools or orphanages.

And even in Nara City, this isn’t the first time an anonymous donation has been made. Back in December, another donation was made of 30 million yen towards coronavirus prevention measures. While no one knows for sure, the Nara City Board of Education believes it to be the same man.

While some netizens were charmed by the old man’s generosity, others weren’t ready to take it at face value.

“It’s amazing, but the fact that he donated using plastic bags… is kind of scary.”

“What a great old man. I’m not sure what his motives for doing it are, but I hope the money gets used in a way that benefits everyone.”

“If he wanted to donate, he should have done using the formal procedure. He could just be doing this to avoid paying taxes.”

“Give me some money next time!”

“Imagine being so rich that this is the kind of thing you can do for fun.”

Whatever the man’s motives were, fingers crossed the money gets used to benefit the children in Nara city, and that it will inspire other wannabe Tiger Masks to pick up the alter-ego (or any alter-ego, really!) and continue the kindness chain.

Source: Livedoor News via Jin

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ありがとうございます. Thank you so much anonymous-san.

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It's good to hear that it's not all bullying and family killings. Although the Covid part should be the government's responsibility, he shouldn't need to help there.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Handsome and generous

8 ( +8 / -0 )

The money is now in the hands of the Nara City Board of Education, where they will use it for educational activities at the schools.

I sure hope they make honest use of the money, and not find a way to just fill some board member's pockets, like giving a family member a contract to build playground equipment or buy new computers from a relative's store.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

It is really not that much money, but I hope the office staff are honest.

Would have been better if he went to the computer labs and said what do you need?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The Japanese prince scheme, actually giving money without letting them know who you are.

I wish to receive an e-mail from him someday.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Anyway, to get the right education or be an educated person is not a question of money. So it’s nice that he gave his money (if it is really was his, as it theoretically could also stem from drugs, yakuza, crimes , scams or a family/ heritage twist etc.) to those schools, but it won’t really help so much there and also widens the gap to other schools that are not gifted.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

I just hope the money didn’t go on school business diners or aircon for the staff room.

agree with @sandy.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I've just hung a "School" sign on my front gate just in case he decides to take a trip down my way.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Generosity which does not crave recognition is real generosity.

Thank you.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. Be thankful for the generous act.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

There are some wonderful and fabulous people out there

2 ( +2 / -0 )

As long as it doesn't go to politicians, especially LDP.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Good News, thank you sir. I hope some of that money go in direct cash hand out to each of the children parent.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It is really not that much money, but I hope the office staff are honest.

Not that much money? Did you contribute more than that?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Only in Japan and no where else

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

In addition , this man brings many vaccines. In your help could be brightening our inactive mood quickly and end up the pandemic refreshing in dislike the air . And so then you’ve got a self satisfaction furthermore!!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

“It’s amazing, but the fact that he donated using plastic bags… is kind of scary.”

I hope the money is legit and not stolen.

“If he wanted to donate, he should have done using the formal procedure. He could just be doing this to avoid paying taxes.”

If that is the case, I support this type of tax evasion. Especially if the donation are for public schools and other public services.

If this was donated to a private entity then yes, I would agree and perhaps should be done through formal procedures.

Whatever the man’s motives were, fingers crossed the money gets used to benefit the children in Nara city, and that it will inspire other wannabe Tiger Masks to pick up the alter-ego (or any alter-ego, really!) and continue the kindness chain.

Yes! Doesn't even have to be a monetary donation. Any donation (personal services, clothes, food, masks, etc...).

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“If he wanted to donate, he should have done using the formal procedure. He could just be doing this to avoid paying taxes.”

How sad it would be to live in this person's mind. And, as a representative of those who have nearly passed nearly through the veil of consciousness heading for the "Great Return" to where we all come from, things look a bit different. What is 'he' going to do with the money? He has 'enough'. He doesn't have a secret room where he goes and rolls around in his money nor is money the centre of his life. He's on his way out and doing this gives him great joy. THAT'S ALL. The joy. He, to him, is doing the best he can, to him, to help US ALL, in his mind, because, as odd as it may sound, old folks think about HUMANITY'S future more than anyone. Not ALL old people, but those for whom and in spite of all pain and grief and unhappiness still feel fortunate to have been here and thankful for the 'good fortune' to have survived all that so many they have seen have not, thankful just for the 'adventure' itself. When you get old, gratefulness does not seem 'strange' to you. Nor do you require 'recognition' because you already know what a crock that generally is and, having lived an independent life, never felt the need for overt appreciation when you acted simply as a decent Human being. Kudos to this man, whether he wants them or not, and sadness for those who doubt his motivations based on their own deeply implanted perceptions of Human behavior. It is only in Corporate mentality that 'giving money away' is behavior worthy of institutionalization and one has to pay for altruism...but many Humans are just 'mindless altruists', what can ya do...?

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