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Gifts found placed in front of central Japan child consultation center on Christmas Day

Christmas gifts placed in front of the Nagano Prefectural Central Child Consultation Center are seen at the facility in the city of Nagano. (Photo courtesy of the center)
A message card that reads, "Merry Christmas! Please play with these if you like. From Kamen Rider in Nagano," is seen at the Nagano Prefectural Central Child Consultation Center in the city of Nagano. (Photo courtesy of the center)

NAGANO -- A bag containing 43 gift items including toys was found placed in front of a prefectural child consultation center in this central Japan city on the morning of Christmas Day.

The center will deliver the gifts to temporary child protection facilities for children who cannot live with their parents due to abuse or other reasons as well as foster families.

"I imagine that the kind person wrapped each of the gifts while imagining each and every child who will receive them. We're so happy and are sure that the gifts will make children smile," an official at the center said.

A worker at the Nagano Prefectural Central Child Consultation Center who came to work at around 7:40 a.m. on Dec. 25 found a large white bag in front of the central entrance. The bag contained 43 items, and each of them had been placed in a small plastic bag.

A message was attached to the gifts reading, "Merry Christmas! Please play with these if you like. From Kamen Rider in Nagano."

Kamen Rider is a motorcycle-riding superhero featured in the namesake TV drama (Masked Rider) series.

The bag contained nothing showing the identity of the gift-giver, center officials said.

(Japanese original by Mari Sakane, Nagano Bureau)

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