It is possible to transfer money overseas from banks and post offices. To use
such services you will need to present some form of personal identification, such
as a copy of the original text of your foreign resident registration card, Certificate
of Completion of Foreign Resident Registration (limited to cases of remitting
amounts of ¥2 million or less), foreign resident registration card passport
or driver's license.
- Sending Money from a Bank
Banks offer three types of overseas remittance:
- Telegraphic Transfer
This is the fastest method of sending money. Notification of the transfer is sent
electronically (by "telegraph") and the party that requests the transfer
usually bears the cost of the transfer and any handling charges.
- Ordinary Transfer
With ordinary transfers, notification of the transfer is done by airmail.
- Demand Draft
A demand draft is like a check for a specified value that is purchased at a bank
and mailed directly to the recipient, who can then cash it through a bank.
- Sending Money from a Post Office
International remittance is a service offered at all post offices handling
savings deposit accounts (excluding post offices which only provide mailing services).
Although it is possible to send money to any of approximately 85 countries and
12 regions in the world, the number of countries to which telegraphic transfers
can be made is limited.
There are three methods of sending money:
- Sending money directly to a person's address.
- Sending money to a person's postal book transfer savings.
- Sending money to a person's bank account (19 countries and 2 regions).
For more information concerning sending money overseas (for English guidance):
Contact the Customer Advisory Office,
(Mondays through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)