When it comes to special measures for keeping important papers, guns and other items secure, there are a number of different types of safes available. Consumers can choose from items designed to be used in the home or office, as well as models developed to store firearms. Savvy buyers will take…
OFUNATO, Japan - There are no cars inside the parking garage at Ofunato police headquarters. Instead, hundreds of dented metal safes, swept out of homes and businesses by last month’s tsunami, crowd the long rectangular building.
Any one could hold someone’s life savings.
Safes are washing up along the tsunami-battered coast, and police are trying to find their owners - a unique problem in a country where many people, especially the elderly, still stash their cash at home. By one estimate, some $350 billion worth of yen doesn’t circulate.There’s even a term for this hidden money in Japanese: “tansu yokin.” Or literally, “wardrobe savings.”