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3.7b yen in cash brought to Tokyo police as lost and found in 2017

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Tokyo  /  Sun, March 11, 2018  /  05:07 am
3.7b yen in cash brought to Tokyo police as lost and found in 2017

Some 510 million yen was handed over to those who reported the findings, while 480 million yen went into the coffers of the Tokyo metropolitan government. (Shutterstock/File)

People brought a record 3.75 billion yen ($35.3 million) in cash to Tokyo police as lost and found items in 2017, up 2.1 percent from the previous year, the police said Friday.

Of the sum, 2.7 billion yen, or more than 70 percent, was returned to the money's owners.

Some 510 million yen was handed over to those who reported the findings, while 480 million yen went into the coffers of the Tokyo metropolitan government.

Read also: Japan struggles to store surging number of lost items

People who find cash and report it to police can receive up to 20 percent of the money as a reward from its owner. If no one comes forward as owner after three months, those who found the cash can claim the whole amount.

In case the finders decline to own the money even if its owner is not found, the sum will become part of local government revenues.

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