Osaka Gov Toru Hashimoto got an unexpected boost recently when an 80-year-old woman turned up at his office with a bag containing 100 million in cash and offered it as a donation, prefectural government officials confirmed Sunday.
"I was surprised. I couldn't feel more grateful," Toru Hashimoto told reporters, pledging to make sure the donation was put to good use.
The woman, who asked not to be named, but gave her age as 80, said she wanted to donate the money for welfare. "She also said she was a fan of the governor and wanted to support him," an official was quoted as saying.
Hashimoto, a lawyer-turned-politician who used to frequently appear on television shows, was elected as an independent governor in February 2008 at the age of 38, becoming the youngest head of a Japanese prefecture.
He has since earned popular support for his cost-cutting drive in financially strapped Osaka.
The woman left after a 20-minute chat and having her photo taken with the governor, the official said.© Wire reports