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Two months later, back in Kyoto, where Jadeja, 20, is a student, she got a letter from the police canada goose outlet uk in Kumamoto Prefecture, more than 500km away.
A few phone calls canada goose store and a week later the phone arrived canada goose uk outlet in bubble wrap. „I turned it on and, amazingly, it worked,“ Jadejarecalls. „It was so heart warming that someone had gone to the effort to do this.“
In Japan, stories involving lost phones, wallets, cameras and keys frequently have happy endings.
It requires honesty on the part of finders, but also a huge canada goose outlet shop national effort to report, catalogue, store and eventually reunite rightful owners with their lost items.
In buy canada goose jacket 2016, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Lost and Found Centre handled 3.67 billion yen ($32m) in lost cash; about three quarters of the total wound its way back to its rightful owner, according to police data.
Discounting cash, Tokyo police handled about 3.83 million items of lost property last year: credit cards and driver’s licences dominated the haul. As did umbrellas; Tokyoites handed in 381,135 lost umbrellas.
West ascribes Japan’s success in lost property management to a few factors.
„Japan has a well developed law, people know there is a potential finder’s fee involved with a return, and they know to return items to a koban or to the lost and found at a department store,“ he canada goose black friday sale says.
The koban, or police box, is at the nexus for managing lost property in Japan. There are about 6,000 police boxes spread throughout Japan’s cities and suburbs. Most children in Japan will have gone to a koban, or at least know where canada goose outlet one is.
Toshinari Nishioka, a former policeman who canada goose outlet teaches at Kansai University of International Studies, says even when a small amount of money is handed canada goose outlet new york city in by a child, canada goose outlet in https://www.georg-godorr.de usa the police officer will still go through the same procedure.
„Even if it’s only one or five yen, the officer would take it seriously and tell him: ‚You did a great job.‘ They do this to cultivate the child’s self esteem and sense of accomplishment. The police officers‘ job isn’t just about cracking down on criminals; they canada goose outlet also try to increase the good deeds of the local community.“
But as West says, Canada Goose Coats On Sale replicating Japan’s lost property canada goose outlet toronto factory management system would require extensive administrative costs, as well canada goose outlet black friday as directing police away from other duties. With one of the lowest murder rates canada goose clearance in the world and a falling crime rate, Japan can afford to turn its attention to managing lost property.
WATCH: Japan’s vinyl revival Sony to produce records again (2:29)Mayuko Matsumoto, from Shiga Prefecture in western Japan, recalled an incident from when she was a toddler. She was walking in her neighbourhood with her mother when they found a wallet that contained about 10,000 yen ($100).
„My mother took me to the koban and we handed it in. The policeman gave canada goose outlet parka me some sweets in return,“ Matusomoto goose outlet canada says.
Sweets are not the incentives enshrined in law. Under Japanese law, if the owner claims the object, then they are obliged to pay the finder a reward of between five and 20 percent of the item’s value. If an item goes canadian goose jacket unclaimed, the object can be given to the finder.
Items that go unclaimed after the statutory three month storage period may be recycled back into society through shops such as Tetsudo Wasuremono Kensho, run by Kenji Takahashi, 37, in Momodani in central Osaka. Takahashi, along with a handful of other sellers in Osaka, buys unclaimed items from the police in Osaka.
His ramshackle shop is the last stop for neck ties, sunglasses, motorcycle helmets, smartphone cases, canada goose outlet online uk prayer beads, canada goose jacket outlet walking canes and golf bags. And umbrellas. He sells about 10,000 umbrellas a year.
„I think that our business is playing a role as a final repository of the wasuremono [lost item]. They’d be thrown away if we didn’t buy and sell them on. All round, it’s a good system,“ Takahashi says.
Outside the shop in a cage is Sasaki san, a cockerel and the shop’s mascot. Takahashi found him on the street five years ago while coming home from a late night out. „He was lost,“ Takahashi says, „so I gave him a home.“.