- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2007

TOKYO Envelopes containing 10,000 yen — about $82 — and notes wishing the finder well have been discovered in municipal toilets across Japan, news reports said, baffling civil servants and triggering a nationwide hunt.

Local press reports have estimated that more than $16,400 worth of bills were found at men’s rooms in city halls in at least 15 prefectures in recent weeks.

Each package of 10,000-yen bills, some wrapped in traditional Japanese washi paper, was accompanied by handwritten letters that read “Please make use of this money for your self-enrichment,” and “One per person,” according to reports.

Officials are baffled over the identity of the benefactor or any motives, the reports said. Packages turned over to police were to be kept for a time in case someone claimed them.