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Generous donor leaves land, cash to 3/11 orphans in will

"I want orphans who have lost their parents in the Great East Japan Earthquake to benefit from this gift."

    These were the words that an anonymous donor wrote in a will, under which sale proceeds from land that was previously owned by the donor will be distributed equally among Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures -- areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    Currently, the donated land in question is in municipal government hands, and it will be put up for public bidding at an early stage in fiscal 2017. This particular case is quite rare, because although it has become common to leave wealth to municipal authorities after one's death, it is rare to see real estate being left in this way. The case has meant that the three prefectures in question have had to work together to arrange details such as financial payments and the division of respective roles.

    The donor behind the generous gift wanted to avoid publicity, so the three prefectures have kept personal information such as the donor's age and gender confidential. However, it is known that the proposal to make this donation was made in October 2014. Furthermore, in the will, there was a statement which essentially requested the following: "Please divide my land equally among the three prefectures."

    The size of the land is thought to be about 60 square meters, and it is also believed to be located outside the disaster areas.

    With no particular reason to refuse the offer of highly-priced land, the three prefectures took on the donor's request, and once they have sold the land through a public bidding process, sale proceeds will be allocated across Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures accordingly.

    Currently, Iwate Prefecture is preparing for the bidding process, and it is hoping to finalize the related procedures by the end of September. The minimum sale price will be announced at the time the public bidding is called, but early estimates based on land assessments indicate that the land is worth about 18 million yen.

    In addition to the land, the donor also requested in the will that approximately 40 million yen be donated to orphans in those three prefectures affected by the disaster.

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