by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 29, 2011
An anonymous donor has left a wad of cash worth $131,000 in a public toilet in Japan, with instructions it be used to help victims of the March earthquake and tsunami, an official said Thursday.
A plastic shopping bag, containing 10 million yen, was found on September 22 in a toilet for disabled people in the city hall of Sakado, a commuter town north of Tokyo, a city official told AFP.
The city will give the money to the Japanese Red Cross if the anonymous donor doesn't reclaim it within three months, city spokeswoman Masumi Sekiguchi said.
She said a hand-written note was attached to the cash, reading: "I'm all alone. I have no future so let the people in Tohoku use it."
Tohoku is the country's northeast region devastated by the catastrophe that killed 20,000 people and triggered an emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
"There was no witness to the act and we cannot guess what kind of person has been involved," she said. "We were really surprised. We also feel thankful for such kindness."
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The waste from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 28, 2011
On 11 March 2011 there was a legal vacuum in Japan concerning radioactive waste resulting from a nuclear disaster. Current waste management Law places technical and financial responsibility for waste from natural disasters with local authorities. However, this excludes radioactive waste. The Law on rehabilitation of contaminated soil excludes from its scope radioactive soils and waste. The ... read more
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