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Some 2.4 billion yen in cash was handed in to the Metropolitan Police Department’s lost and found center in 2002, down 1.2 percent from the previous year, MPD officials said Wednesday.

In total, there were some 1.72 million cases of lost items during the year, an increase of 3.9 percent from the previous year. The largest single case involving money was 9.6 million yen lost in December.

Of the roughly 2.46 billion yen brought to police, some 1.8 billion yen, or 70 percent, was returned to the original owners, 460 million yen was awarded to the finders and the remaining 230 million yen became the property of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Umbrellas topped the list of lost articles at roughly 330,000. That comes out to about 3,200 per day it rained during the year.

Some 89,880 cellular phones were found during the year, which comes out to about 246 a day.

Eighty-eight pets spanning 25 species were delivered to the center, with 12 ferrets topping the list.

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