People Turned In $32M In Lost Cash To The Tokyo Police Last Year

Don't you wish everyone was this considerate?

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There’s probably no worse feeling than realizing you lost your wallet or your purse somewhere on the street.

If that happens to you while you’re in Tokyo, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be reunited with your money. That’s because Japanese citizens feel strong about considering the feelings of others with every action.

Last year, people turned in a record $32 million in cash to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The good news doesn’t stop there: About three-quarters of that money was returned to its owner.

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“Japanese schools offer classes for ethics and morality, and students learn to imagine the feelings of those who lost their own goods or money,” Toshinari Nishioka, a former policeman and currently a professor at Kansai University of International Studies, told Bloomberg.

Nishioka said it’s not rare to see children giving a ¥10 coin (worth roughly $1.45) to a police officer.

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People in Japan also worry very little about crime, particularly robberies. In Tokyo, people will even reserve their seats in a crowded coffeeshop by leaving their iPhone on the table while they order at the counter.

Beyond that, there’s a Japanese law that incentivizes good behavior when people find lost money or items. Under this rule, anyone who hands over money to the police can claim 5 to 20 percent of the amount once the owner is found. If no one steps forward to claim the money, the finder gets to keep all of it.

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