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Friday, 8th April 2011
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Japanese police stumped by case of unnamed safes

Police in Iwate Prefecture have been left with a real conundrum after more than 700 unlabelled safes were recovered from the aftermath of last month's earthquake.

The safes were swept out of ruined houses during the March 11th tsunami and many are either rusty or warped, making it difficult for owners to identify them, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports.

Furthermore, police are having difficulty verifying whether the claimants are the legal owners of the valuable contents inside.

A 55-year-old housewife who visited Miyako Police Station to try to find her family safe was quoted as saying: "There are so many safes and most are either rusty or [have] lost their original shape. I have no idea which one is ours."

She added that she eventually gave up after trying her key in several of the 200 safes at the station. A further 500 safes are being held at Ofunato Police Station.

Other valuables recovered by police in the region include cash registers, bank passbooks and lots of jewellery, including many rings.

This news comes after reports confirmed that the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that was recorded yesterday (April 7th) caused only limited damage.

Written by Mark Smith