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The Kindness of Strangers 留钱不留名的捐赠者
作者:By Rolan…    文章来源:BBC ELT News    点击数:574    更新时间:2011/11/8   

By Roland Buerk, BBC News

Japanese family

Thousands of people were left homeless by March's tsunami and earthquake.

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Background: 一位神秘的捐赠者在日本一地方政府大楼的公共厕所内留下了超过13万美金的捐款。在信中注明这笔钱是用来帮助那些在今年3月地震和海啸中受难的人们。

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The money was found in a plastic shopping bag, in a public toilet of the City Hall in Sakado, part of the commuter sprawl that surrounds Tokyo.

There was 10 million yen, wrapped up in neat bundles of notes, the equivalent of more than US$130,000 (RMB 830,570).

A handwritten message had been left with the cash and read: "I am all alone. Please let the people of Tohoku use it."

Tohoku is the northern region of Japan hit by the earthquake and tsunami in March.

City officials said the anonymous donor has slipped in and out unnoticed. If the money is not reclaimed within three months, they're planning to give it to the Japanese Red Cross.

Japan's great disaster brought out striking generosity and honesty in its people.

The equivalent of US$50 million (RMB 319,162,500) in cash picked up in the disaster zone has been turned in to the police. Another US$30 million dollars (RMB 191,497,500) was recovered from safes found amid the rubble.

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Questions:

1. What was found with the money?

A note written by someone without a computer or typewriter that said that the money should benefit the people of Tohoku.

2. What has made it difficult for the police to identify the donor?

The fact that he or she went in and out of the toilet very quickly and without attracting attention.

3. What will the police do with the money found in the toilet?

If nobody claims ownership within three months they will give it to the Japanese Red Cross.

4. True or false? According to the report, the equivalent of US$50 million was found in a safe.

False. The equivalent of this amount was picked up in the disaster zone and has been handed to the police.


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