At the Japanese hospital/doctor's office, you pay each time you visit. They don't send a bill in the mail. The good thing is that it doesn't cost very much, so you are able to pay each visit. At my hospital, there is a woman behind a counter, or you can pay at one of the three machines. I usually pay at one of the machines. One day, I paid with a 10,000 yen note. I took my hospital ID card, my receipt and the coin change, but walked away without my paper change. I didn't realize it until later in the day when I opened my wallet to pay for something else. So, I walked back to the hospital and told the woman at the counter (in my best Japanese) that I had left behind my money. She brought out a man in a suit who asked me the amount and which machine. He gave me an envelope with the money! In the US, I'm sure the next person who used the machine would have taken my money, but in Japan no one takes things.
I read an article on Japan Today that said 3.6 billion yen in cash was reported as lost property in Tokyo in 2016. That is the equivalent of 10 million yen being found every day, according to the Tokyo Police Department. Of that total, 2.7 billion yen, or about 74% was returned to owners.
The number of overall lost property cases, including cash and other items, came to 3.83 million last year. Identification items, such as driver's licenses, and credit cards accounted for about 626,000 cases. Security-related and other items, including IC transportation cards, came in at about 481,000, followed by clothing items such as gloves and scarves at about 455,000. If the owner is not identified within three months, lost property is given to the finders. If not claimed by the finder, cash and proceeds from the sale of goods go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
What is the Lost and Found situation where you live? Are people elsewhere as honest as those in Japan?