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Safes, cash wash up on shores after tsunami

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banks need to start paying higher interest rates if they plan to be part of the economic future of Japan. The spread is way too high.

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Sometimes people keep cash at home so the courts do not take it away in a divorce situation. People have reasons.

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Japan is such a trustworthy society. One of a kind in this day and age, very sad to say. Such an interesting dilemna for the local police.

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I've always been surprised that more homes are not broken into over here due to things like this!

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I wonder how much of this will go missing.......

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hope inside every safe there is some kind of identification .... like a deed or something that ...........

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Most countries have looting and gang violence in disaster areas. japan has patience and unlimited valuables which nobody even considers taking. i am speechless...

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I hope the collected money, where the owner can not be found will go into re-building or setting up temporary housing.

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Given the horrible interest rate here, it's actually not a bad idea to keep money at home. I spend much more in ATM fees over the course of the year than I receive in interest. In short, keeping my money in the bank is losing me money.

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This makes me think! What if the main office of the bank that I use were destroyed? Would my records be destroyed? And with that the ability to retrieve my money?

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Japan has it's share of petty thieves, as you hear about news of houses broken in, gas stolen from cars, but I guess compared to the looting and violence seen in other disaster areas, most people are patient and tolerant.

In the old law, the police will hold them for 6 months before doing anything about it, but it's three now, so even if noboth is there to claim them, I hope they could open them up asap and return them to their rightful owners (or successors).

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rather impressive, the frugality and self discipline; knowing experientially that 'less is more'... again, impressed...

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What a strange situation, now people are dead, missing and all that hard work that they stashed away??

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I hope they locate the owners. mybe theres some pics or statements inside some of them, in MY safe i have mainly Pictures, my older pictures are worth more to me than some Money, thats what Bank are for.but yeah i understand that jp Banks are different.

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Is there any empirical evidence that other countries experience looting, hoarding, or an increase in crimes after natural disasters ? If there is, I haven't seen it. Japanese may take it to a whole new level, but the overwhelming response of researchers I have read virtually everywhere is one of altruism and cooperation.

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RobertNTerry at 01:25 PM JST - 11th April

This makes me think! What if the main office of the bank that I use were destroyed? Would my records be destroyed? And with that the ability to retrieve my money?

Everything is data bytes now and saved in multiple locations. There'd be a data trail for your records.

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