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Record 29.79 million found items reported to Japanese police in 2023

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I guess as more and more people become senile it is to be expected.

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Good old Japan! I don't think many other countries would see that amount of cash handed in!

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I remember the day I left my handbag on the train with phone and cards all in it. I reported it to the station master, and someone turned it in and the next day I recovered it with everything intact.

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That's one of the many reasons why I love living in Japan...

ONLY IN JAPAN !!!...

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I remember losing my wallet a few years ago. It only took me half an hour or so to notice, but when I went back someone had already found it, brought it to the police station where they had look inside, found out that I worked closeby, brought it to my workplace and handed it in at the reception. Of course with all the cash and cards and everything still there. Japanese kindness is extraordinary.

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Meanwhile, around 12,722 dogs, 4,382 cats, and 8,431 other animals including birds, were found in 2023

For this reason alone microchipping should be mandatory

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SanjinosebleedToday  09:36 am JST

Good old Japan! I don't think many other countries would see that amount of cash handed in!

I hate to rain on your ethnocentric party this comment promotes overgeneralized and inaccurate stereotypes about Japan and other countries, assuming Japanese exceptionalism and broadly generalizing about other nations. It relies on anecdotal evidence, ignores socioeconomic factors, and fosters an "us vs. them" mentality, rather than recognizing that civic honesty can be seen around the world and is not exclusive to Japan.

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Alas, my digital camera of ten years ago is still missing. It had unique pictures of my family at our wedding. I also lost a Nintendo DS.

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I hate to rain on your ethnocentric party this comment promotes overgeneralized and inaccurate stereotypes about Japan and other countries, assuming Japanese exceptionalism and broadly generalizing about other nations. It relies on anecdotal evidence, ignores socioeconomic factors, and fosters an "us vs. them" mentality, rather than recognizing that civic honesty can be seen around the world and is not exclusive to Japan.

This was so amusing to read. Spoken like a true American. ; )

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Lost my apartment keys once. The next day I traced back the route I walked and then I saw my keys, taped on a lamp-post, very easy to be spotted. One of the many good things about this country.

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hat's one of the many reasons why I love living in Japan...

Why is that? One could also say that it is due to a lack of awareness......

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Alas, my digital camera of ten years ago is still missing. It had unique pictures of my family at our wedding. I also lost a Nintendo DS.

OK!

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dmhondzToday 02:29 pm JST

Lost my apartment keys once. The next day I traced back the route I walked and then I saw my keys, taped on a lamp-post, very easy to be spotted. One of the many good things about this country.

I'm a bit perplexed by these comments - where are you from that this does not happen!? The US?

Where we live now in Switzerland this is normal practice, as it was in other nations I've spent periods in.

These days people will put lost items in an obvious place, take it to the police or put up on the local Facebook page - this happens almost daily where I am now.

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> Nibek32Today  01:35 pm JST

I hate to rain on your ethnocentric party this comment promotes overgeneralized and inaccurate stereotypes about Japan and other countries, assuming Japanese exceptionalism and broadly generalizing about other nations. It relies on anecdotal evidence, ignores socioeconomic factors, and fosters an "us vs. them" mentality, rather than recognizing that civic honesty can be seen around the world and is not exclusive to Japan.

This was so amusing to read. Spoken like a true American. ; )

I had a laugh, too - I'm not American. I have been to New York and San Francisco in my youth, though. :)

I'm curious to know if it sounds like an American.

In what way do you think what I said was inaccurate?

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What happens to the items that are not collected? I understand that the finder can keep them, but what happens after that? do they get auctioned off and the proceeds go to a charity?

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All proceeds including unclaimed money goes to the prefecture to cover all of the costs. The finder can only claim an item after three months have past.

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Sell them all, on Yahoo Auctions at 1 yen. No reserve.

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The total amount of found cash reported to police in 2023 reached 22.85 billion yen

That's.... a lot of cash.

Wow!

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I know Japan is a cash-based society, but why is so much left lying around for people to pick up?

Are people just dropping wads of dough everywhere?!

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bundToday  06:47 pm JST

I know Japan is a cash-based society, but why is so much left lying around for people to pick up?

Are people just dropping wads of dough everywhere?!

No cash just items.

No doubt cash was handed in but this is just about items. A lot of absent-minded people leaving stuff lying around is perhaps the result of having a large elderly population.

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Back in 2003 on my first day here, as an absent minded youth I left my suitcase with all my money and passport inside on the yamonote line

Not having any money or a phone, I went to the nearest hotel )as I thought they would have someone who could speak English

The hotel let me stay overnight free of charge and called JR to find my bag

Thanks to their kindness I decided to move here permanently.

Japan has a lot of faults but it's still one of the safest and most welcoming places in the world

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carpslidy

That's amazing! It really was kind of the hotel to let you stay there.

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