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The Place to Misplace

February 20, 1996|Associated Press

TOKYO — The Japanese capital may well be the best place in the world to lose your wallet.

According to statistics released Monday, Tokyoites went to police last year with about $26 million they had found.

One 19-year-old man found the equivalent of $190,000 wrapped in newspaper in a toilet stall and turned it over to police. No one claimed the money, so he got it back six months later. Someone else turned in a handbag with about $95,000 inside. The owner recovered that one.

The good Samaritans' honesty must be accompanied by great patience: Police generally spend half an hour or more filling out detailed reports on found items.

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