Airport return lost money, ticket to Japanese passenger

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A Vietnamese-Japanese returning home for Tet said he was moved Friday when authorities found and returned to him an air ticket and money he had lost at the Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Takashio Nobu, aka Cao Van Hiep, said the move was striking as there was no way for authorities to be sure the money was his and he had not informed anyone of the loss.

Hiep arrived in HCMC on Monday after 24 years of living in Japan and promptly caught a bus to his home in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long. He only noticed the air ticket and the money, over US$1,000 in Japanese Yen, were not there the next morning, several hours before Tan Son Nhat police called him saying they had the ticket and the cash.

At the airport on Friday, the Immigration Management Department gave Hiep his 150,000 Yen (US$1,668).

Nguyen Hoang Hieu from the immigration department had found the money in an unlabeled envelope nearby a ticket with Hiep’s name on it.

The airport police associated the money with Hiep after checking his immigration documents, consulting video of Hiep’s entry and contacting police in Vinh Long.

“I really appreciate the police being so zealous in their search for me just to give me back my property. As an overseas Vietnamese coming home for Tet, this happiness is really too much,” Hiep said.

Reported by Thanh Trung

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