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This is a traditional Japanese tomb or "haka" at a Buddhist temple cemetary in central Tokyo. These kind of graves normally have a metal incense holder, as well as flower holders which have now become the targets of theives. This is due to a growing problem with metal thefts in Japan and authorities believe these thefts are being conducted by crime groups, with most of the metal ending up in China. In January and February 2007 alone nearly 1800 such thefts were reported totaling more than 400 million yen ($3.33 million). These types of thefts include electrical wires, bells, aluminum fences, manhole and drain covers, and even playground sliding boards.
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Torin Boyd 2007
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This is a traditional Japanese tomb or "haka" at a Buddhist temple cemetary in central Tokyo. These kind of graves normally have a metal incense holder, as well as flower holders which have now become the targets of theives. This is due to a growing problem with metal thefts in Japan and authorities believe these thefts are being conducted by crime groups, with most of the metal ending up in China. In January and February 2007 alone nearly 1800 such thefts were reported totaling more than 400 million yen ($3.33 million). These types of thefts include electrical wires, bells, aluminum fences, manhole and drain covers, and even playground sliding boards.