This guy leaves money to test Japan safety, returns with more money

Whenever travelers are asked to describe Japan, some of the common answers include the words “safe,” “honest,” “clean,” and “quiet.” If you’ve traveled to Japan, you could probably attest that these observations are often true. Moreover, Japan has been known to the world for having a low crime rate. So, when a Canadian-born US-based programmer visited the country, he thought of doing a bit of a social experiment.

Godfrey Chan (@chancancode) came to Japan to attend RubyKaigi, which is a conference for Ruby programmers. He left 200 yen (about PhP100) at the lobby of the venue of the conference, which was in Sendai International Center, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. He left the coins near an artwork, expecting that someone will take them any time.

To his shock, his 200 yen turned to 300 yen (about PhP 150) when he returned the following day.

His amazing discovery went viral, getting 11K+ likes and 8K+ retweets.

He expressed his amazement with a funny Doraemon tweet.

He also asked for help because he didn’t expect that this would be the result.

One Twitter user explained the possible reason for this.

While others shared stories about honesty in Japan.

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