Tokyo Police has reported receiving nearly 3.99bn in lost cash last year. In Japan, anyone who returns lost money to the police can claim a portion of the amount (somewhere between 5 and 20 per cent), if it is retrieved by the owner.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 18, 2023 08:17 IST
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By India Today World Desk: The Tokyo Police on Wednesday said they received a record ¥3.99bn (£24.5m) in lost cash last year. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, they were able to return ¥2.95bn (£18.2bn) of the total amount to their respective owners.
The police department report also said approximately 3.43 million lost items were handed to police stations in 2022, recording a 21.9 per cent increase from 2021, Japan Today reported.
Money left unclaimed goes to the metropolitan government.
The report stated such huge amount of lost cash and other items may be due to the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, as more people began to step out.
In Japan, anyone who returns lost money to the police can claim a portion of the amount (somewhere between 5 and 20 per cent), if it is retrieved by the owner.
According to the report, the police department’s Lost and Found Centre figures showed the number of lost items between 2015 and 2019 remained around 4 million.
The number had sharply declined to 2.8 million in 2020 and 2.81 million in 2021 during the pandemic.
Lost property cases increased to 3.43 million in 2022 but did not reach pre-pandemic levels.
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