If you would like to live in Japan for a longer period, you will definitely need the following three items.
– Inkan (seal)
– Residence Card
– Bank Account
Having a bank account in Japan is convenient and important for your employer to transfer your salary. You can also use it for paying your rent, gas or electricity bill. It is a bit cheaper than paying at the convenience store.
The Japan Post Bank is the most useful one. You can withdraw your money from anywhere in Japan without having to pay a commission fee. Before opening your bank account, you need to get an Inkan and your residence card. Without these, you will not be able to open the account. The Inkan will replace your signature in Japan most of the time, so when you need to submit official documents, you will have to use it as your signature.
Talking about Inkan, most foreigners use it with their name in Katakana, although it is also possible to use Kanji. You just need to prepare your own Kanji for your name. 🙂
You will receive the bank-book on the very day you open your account. However, the cash card will be delivered to your home after one week.
Date: Every first Wednesday of the month [13:00~14:00]
Place: Tenjin area
Guide: English speaking school staff
Level: Beginner – Advanced (Max 4 people)
Fee: 5000 Yen (Free for Working Holiday Travelers)
Apply by: Two days in advance
13:00 Meet in front of Asahi Nihongo (bring your residence card and Inkan)
13:15 Arrive at the bank
13:30 Receive the bank-book
14:00 Arrive at school