Tokyo lost and found included Y3.7 billion in cash last year
Japan Times -- Mar 17
In addition to keys and eyeglasses and other commonly lost objects, millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police's lost and found department every year.

In fact, last year people handed over a record ¥3.67 billion ($32 million) in lost cash, and about three-quarters of that money ended up back with its rightful owners, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

It’s a phenomenon that reflects the Japanese people’s devotion both to cash and to returning lost property.

There was about ¥103 trillion in cash circulating in 2015 - equivalent to about 19 percent of Japan’s annual output. That’s the highest level among 18 developed nations and regions studied in a Bank of Japan report released in February.

Holding cash presents relatively little risk in Japan. The country has battled deflation for more than a decade, making cash a profitable investment at times. Even now, after four years of extraordinary quantitative easing by the central bank, interest rates are at about zero.

There is also very little crime and virtually no fear of getting robbed. In Tokyo, one of the world’s most crowded cities, it is not uncommon for people to “reserve” seats in cafes by placing their new iPhone on the table while going to order at the counter.

News source: Japan Times
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