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Banks

Opening an Account



・Bank accounts can be registered at bank branch offices on weekdays between the hours of 9:00-15:00.
・Resident Card and Student ID card are necessary to open a bank account. (You may also need to submit other certificates from school.)
・Japanese banks (including Japan Post Banks) accounts cannot be closed from abroad. Please close your account before you leave Japan.
*For international students receiving financial support from the MEXT Scholarship, it is necessary to open a "Japan Post Bank (Yu-u Cho Ginkou)" account.
(Reference) To foreign nationals applying to open an account 
https://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/kaisetu/kat_gaikokujin.html
*Mult-lingual information regarding opening an acount (PDF) at JP Bank is available.
-English https://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/kaisetu/pdf/kaisetu_en.pdf
-Chinese https://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/kaisetu/pdf/kaisetu_zh-cn.pdf

Support Service for Opening a Bank Account on campus

On-campus bank account opening service available in the beginning of Spring semester and Fall semester on Hongo Campus.


■Bank account opening services on campus
-Date/Time/Bank: Cacelled due to the pandemic
-Inquiries: International Support Group < rsupport.adm[at-mark]gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp >
 

Credit Cards

To have a credit card in Japan, you need to obtain the approval from a credit card company. Please note that the eligibility for credit cards vary from company-to-company. International students often encounter issues when they apply for credit cards just after arriving in Japan, so we advise you to bring your credit card from your country of residence.
Ex.) University Co-op Tuo credit card http://tuo.univcoop.or.jp/ (*Guidelines in English, Chinese, and Korean are available.)
*Tuo Credit Card will be expired upon your graduation. In case your expected graduation is extended, please inform the credit card issuer of your extention by the expiry date so that you can maintain your membership until you graduate. For details, please ask directly to the card issuer. 
*New issuance of Tuo cards will be terminated in the end of February 2022.