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16,000 nengajo cards stolen in Japan

JAPANESE police have said 16,000 new year greetings cards – nengajo – have been stolen from 26 convenience stores in Ashahikawa, Hokkaido.

The website reported that security cameras have captured footage of two men believed to be the thieves who took the cards worth 840,000 yen (£4,530).
Nengajo are traditional Japanese postcards like these pictured sent as a greeting for new year which are mailed in late December and the Post Office holds on to them for delivery all at once on January 1,
The cards went on sale at the end of October at 52 yen (28p) each, and the thefts came to light when the manager of one Lawson store in Hokkaido area contacted police on Sunday after he noticed a number of cards were missing from his shelves, by Monday they discovered 26 shops had been hit totaling 16,165 nengajo.

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