WAKAYAMA (Kyodo) A month has passed since around ¥40 million was found at an Enmei Jizo statue here, but the owner has not stepped forward to claim it.

The money, found Feb. 20 by a 72-year-old member of the Enmei Jizo Preservation Association, will be donated to the Buddhist association if the owner does not show up within the next two months.

Members of the association have not discussed how to spend the money.

“It’s not worth making things complicated by money. I’m praying at the statue every day so that we’ll find the owner,” a 74-year-old member said.

Local residents are wondering if the money’s dirty.

Police said there have been very few inquiries despite the media coverage and that no information has been provided for more than two weeks.

Police said two came from the city of Wakayama, and one each from Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures as of Wednesday, but none were by the real owner.

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