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Mystery gold gifts for tsunami-wracked Japan port

Published on Feb 16, 2013 2:47 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than US$250,000 (S$309,200) in a phenomenon dubbed a "goodwill gold rush" ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster.

The president of the company that operates the port in the north-eastern city of Ishinomaki last week received a parcel containing two slabs of gold each weighing 1kg.

"Since it was labelled as 'miscellaneous goods', I casually opened the box", thinking it must be books or the like as it was heavy, said Mr Kunio Sunow, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market.

"I was stunned because what's in there was 24k gold in two plates. One was wrapped in brown paper and the other in a page taken from a magazine - both were sitting in bubble sheets," he told AFP by telephone on Saturday.

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