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Japan mugging: Thieves grab $3.5 million in cash from businessman

Japan mugging: Thieves grab $3.5 million in cash from businessman
Three masked robbers snatched a suitcase stuffed with millions of dollars in cash from a businessman who had just withdrawn the money from a bank in western Japan on Thursday, police said.

In the audacious daylight mugging, assailants set upon the 29-year-old victim as he dragged the case containing USD 380 million yen (USD 3.5 million) across a parking lot in downtown Fukuoka, a police spokesman and local media said.

He was sprayed in the face with what is thought to have been tear gas by the attackers, who made off in a car with the suitcase. Few other details were initially available.

While Japan is still a cash-based society, it is unusual for someone to carry such a large sum, which would have weighed at least 38 kilogrammes (84 pounds).

The country has an enviable safety record and muggings and other forms of street crime, such as pickpocketing, are rare. But Japan does have a shadowy underworld run by 'yakuza' organised
crime syndicates.


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