Q and A
Q:I need to send money home to my own country from my Japanese bank account. How do I go about doing this? I am looking for the safest, yet cheapest, way to get my money home.
A:GoLloyds Overseas Remittance Service can be used to send money home. There is a 2000 yen fee for each time a transfer is made, and it is possible to download an application form from the website. The site also includes a useful currency converter. For more information, visit www.golloyds.com
The other popular way to send money home is through the post office. At the post office, you can send an International Postal Money Order (国際送金 kokusai soukin). Ask for an International Remittance Application & Declaration Form (国際送金請求申告書 kokusai sokin seikyu shinkokusho). Be sure to bring your Alien Registration Card (and hanko if withdrawing from a postal account).
You can send money directly to an account (postal or bank account depending on the country). This is called 口座あて送金 (kouza ate soukin) and takes about 4-6 days for the money to arrive. The cost is 2,500 yen per transaction.