Friday, September 30, 2011

Japan tsunami: 10 million yen donation found in Tokyo toilet

An anonymous donor in Japan has left 10m yen ($131,000; £83,000) to charity by dumping it in a public toilet.

The money was found with a letter saying it should be donated to victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.

The neatly wrapped bills were found in a plastic shopping bag in a toilet for disabled people in the city hall of Sakado in the Tokyo suburbs.

The note read: "I am all alone and have no use for the money."

The City Hall said it would hand the money to the Red Cross if it was not reclaimed within three months.

City officials said the anonymous donor had slipped in and out unnoticed.

The BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo says the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-eastern coastal areas in March has brought out striking examples of generosity and honesty.