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leave it out

In Japan, you can leave things out overnight secure in the knowledge that it'll still be there in the morning. In most other countries, you can leave things out overnight secure in the knowledge that an opportunist thief will come along and take it away.

Criminal acts do occur in Japan, of course, and sometimes rather bizarre ones at that, but it seems that property theft is low on the agenda for Japanese law breakers.

For newcomers to Japan, I've compiled a list of things that you may or may not be surprised to know that if left out overnight, will still be there in the morning.

Traffic cones.

Potted plants.


....well, not always.

Vending machines brimming with alcohol.

Little old ladies.
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On Friday, 14 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

funniest blog... EVER!  

On Friday, 14 July, 2006, Blogger Kallun said:

Categorically untrue - I've lost count of the number of times I've stolen little old ladies from out the front of convenience stores here in Japan.  

On Saturday, 15 July, 2006, Blogger bogue said:

Oh so it was you, was it Kallun, that stole my little old ladies!?

Well, I want them back, I want them back now and I want them back unused!

Drop off details to follow...  

On Sunday, 16 July, 2006, Blogger Invader Stu said:

Can you imagine what would happen if there vending machines brimming with alcohol in London... I don't think they would last very long.  

On Monday, 17 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, that's the sad destiny for those poor , little and unharmful obaasans...


On Saturday, 22 July, 2006, Anonymous RisingSunOfNihon said:

haha thats pretty good... although bikes could get stolen a lot of the time in train station where people look for one since they usually have to walk otherwise.  

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