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    Banks Will Close For New Years

    By thomas | December 25, 2007

    Merry Christmas everybody. I hope everyone is enjoying the winter.

    Just want to send out a quick reminder to pull out a few extra ichimans this week. Banks close for New Years. Don’t get caught with an empty wallet and only a bag of rice to keep you alive!

    Enjoy yourselves!

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    8 Responses to “Banks Will Close For New Years”

    1. Nick Ramsay Says:
      December 25th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks for the tip. This applies to cash machines too, doesn’t it? I’ll never understand why ATMs need holidays…

    2. Alec Says:
      December 25th, 2007 at 4:19 pm

      Ah, thanks for reminding me. I almost forgot!

    3. Natalie Says:
      December 26th, 2007 at 12:26 am

      Actually the ATMs will not be closed–at least not Mitsubishi UFJ. Schedules are posted at all ATMs and even if you don’t read Japanese it is easy to recognize ‘O’ which means that service is available that day and ‘X’ if it’s not. About 7 years back the ATMs were all closed due to not having staff available to drive around and re-fill the machines when theyr an out of money. But even then Citibank ATMs were never closed. Since about 3 years ago, many banks decided to keep their ATMs open, so do the 24-hour convenience stores.

    4. lina Says:
      December 26th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

      Happy New Year!

    5. thomas Says:
      January 3rd, 2008 at 11:39 am

      Did anybody get the final word on ATMs over the New Years break? And Happy New Year to you all.

    6. Tori Says:
      January 5th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

      A few years ago I wasn’t able to go home and had to spend the night outside of a train station because the ATMs closed and I had forgotten to take cash out in advance. It’s not fun!

      That wasn’t during new years though, I think they were closed for the weekend (Tokyo Mitsubishi – now Mitsubishi UFJ)

      btw, Good tip! You probably saved Alec a headache

    7. thomas Says:
      January 6th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

      Missed the train and had no cash at all? That’s terrible! Where did you sleep? At the station?

    8. Tori Says:
      January 8th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

      Yep, in front of the station (was a university student at the time so it didn’t bother me). luckily I was in Ikebukuro in Tokyo so I just hung out and enjoyed the sites until the morning train arrived.
      There were people out there just about all night (even a couple people playing soccer in the square) and I wasn’t the only one napping on a bench. Japan is the only place in the world I would feel safe doing something like that.

      btw, I just happened to look again at this post and saw your reply. Where’s the comment notification plugin?
      I forgive you if you are too busy, I still haven’t done about a hundred things I have been talking about doing to improve DailyJ.

      Also, we’re talking about you over at The Great Japan-related Web Discussion ;)