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Mysterious donor spreading ¥10,000 notes across Japan

Date Posted: 2007-07-13

More than 400 ¥10,000 notes have been anonymously popping up in strange places across Japan the past few months, with Okinawa locations being the latest this week.

From Hokkaido to Okinawa, the mysteriously appearing bills have shown up in cemeteries, offices and even rest rooms. The bills are typically wrapped in a handwritten letter asking the finder to “Please use this money for training. It’s money I have inherited.” Another variation is “I want every public servant to have a clean mind and always do their best. Always do good like a God.” The total discovered to date is ¥4,090,000.

A men’s room in the Naha City Offices Building was the site where ¥70,000 was found. Another ¥80,000 was found in several locations within Okinawa Prefecture Office Building, and another ¥was uncovered in the Naha City Offices branch in Omoromachi. Okinawa officials say the money will become the Prefecture’s property in six months, if the owner does not appear within six months to claim and collect the ¥240,000.

The first paper-wrapped yen notes were found in a toilet at a Shizuoka cemetery last September Nine ¥10,000 notes were found in a rest room at Oita Municipal Government Hall in May. A city worker found the white-paper wrapped bills in nine separate locations in the toilets area. Other yen notes were found in prefecture and municipal government office buildings in Saitama Prefecture in early July.

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