A non-profit group that’s working on the recovery of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture is the newest recipient of an anonymous donation of gold bars, in a mystery that has been dubbed the “goodwill gold rush”. This is the second donation made after the town fish market also received gold bars late last week.
Ishinomaki was one of the badly hit areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, now nearing its second anniversary. The area suffered around 3,000 loss of lives and more than 40,000 buildings were destroyed. Last week, Kunio Sunou, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market Co., received two gold bars, weighing one kilogram each, through a package that did not have a return address. “Earthquake Tsunami Aid Society” was written on the package and it came from Nagano City, but other than those information, they know nothing about where it came from. Sunou said that he’ll be using the money to rebuild the fish market, currently housed in tents.
This time, it was the turn of the Ishinomaki Revival Support Network to receive an anonymous golden donation. The organization said, through Yoshie Kaneko “We very much appreciate the sender’s donation. We will never waste it.” At least another tsunami support group has received the mysterious donation.[ via BBC ]