People are contradictory but Japan has long struck me as one of the most paradoxical countries in the world. How could a country with a shiftless and irresponsible government (but there is plenty of competition) enjoy such high levels of personal integrity and social solidarity? Don't know, of course, but it does mean I am not particularly surprised by this story, as recounted by Aaron Cohen over at Kottke:
This is a nice story for the afternoon. During the cleanup process following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, citizens have turned in tons of wallets containing $48 million. 5,700 safes washed out to sea in the tsunami have been recovered containing another $30 million. Most of this has been returned to the owners. This is the type of story that makes me say, "Please don't be fake, please don't be fake," as I click submit.He's right to be skeptical; always be skeptical. But I'm more inclined to believe this one than most.