The Straits Times
Published on Feb 22, 2013

Gold gifts continue to mystify tsunami-wrecked Japan city


ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AFP) - A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami disaster remains mystified more than two weeks after receiving anonymous gifts of gold bars worth over US$300,000 (S$371,343).

A fish market in Ishinomaki, some 350 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, received a parcel containing gold bars weighing a total of two kilograms in early February, about a month ahead of the disaster's second anniversary on March 11.

Kunio Sunow, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market which was destroyed in the disaster, said he casually opened the mystery parcel addressed to him.

"I was stunned because... in there was 24-carat gold in two plates," he told AFP on Friday.