Sale of safes up

[Published on 1 Feb, 1998]

Jitters in Japan over collapsed financial institutions
have caused a mini-boom in one sector of the economy:

The country's domestic safe makers are reporting a surge
in sales as worried investors withdraw money from banks
to keep it at home. The surge started when two large
financial institutions, Hokkaido Takushoku Bank and
Yamaichi Securities, collapsed.