Individually, yes, it’s not much. At the going rate, JPY10,000 is only worth US$84 – more than the common man’s pocket change but only a fraction of the amount needed to get all four Haruhi DVDs. What amazes me is how much they’ve collected so far: more than JPY4 million from gents toilets, plus JPY1.81 million from an apartment building and another million outside a convenience store. What amazes me more is the fact that all of it has been turned over to the authorities.
If that ever happens here, no-one will even hear of it: people will probably slip the cash into their pockets without a second thought and without letting anyone else know. Forget the police – handing them the loot for “safekeeping” is as good as giving it to them for keeps.