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Japan Trends

Cash in trash turning up all around Japan

Dead relatives leave money behind that sometimes winds up in the trash

Bundles of cash are being uncovered around Japan with increasing frequency as the country's elderly population swells. (Courtesy of Nara prefectural Police)

TOKYO -- Something strange is happening in Japan -- people are stumbling across piles of cash, often at garbage collection points. In 2016, the equivalent of $150 million was discovered and reported to the police.

With the country's population graying and families shrinking, more people are spending their twilight years living and dying alone. It seems a growing number of elderly are leaving behind stashes of money that family members are unaware of and sometimes trashing by mistake.

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