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ABC News: Tsunami recovery workers turn in $78 million found in debris

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The earthquake and tsunami that walloped Japan left much of its coastline ravaged, but left one thing intact, reports ABC News: the Japanese reputation for honesty.

“In the five months since the disaster struck,” reports Akiko Fujita for ABC, “people have turned in thousands of wallets found in the debris, containing $48 million in cash.”

More than 5,700 safes that washed ashore along Japan’s tsunami-ravaged coast have also been hauled to police centers by volunteers and search and rescue crews. Inside those safes officials found $30 million in cash. One safe alone, contained the equivalent of $1 million.

The National Police Agency says nearly all the valuables found in the three hardest hit prefectures, have been returned to their owners.

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