I have a short, money-matter post for your today. But why would it be short when it’s a finance-related post? Well, the reason this a shorter money-matters post is because it’s SUPER EASY to pay your bills in Japan. From Japanese utility bills to internet to tax payments, taking care of those recurring Japanese bills is as easy as one, two, three…um…four. There aren’t a whole lot of complicated steps required. So we’re just going to dive right into this one.
You’ll get a bill in the mail, whether it’s gas, lights, water, etc.. For this particular example I’m going to use my internet bill from NTT Communications. When you open the bill,
STEP ONE: CHECK THE AMOUNT DUE
Most bills will have the amount due listed in two places on your bill, once in the bill’s main section, and once on the payment stub area, which will be detached a little later. If you’re confused about where to look, Just look for the yen kanji, en or 円, and you should be able to locate it pretty quickly.
STEP TWO: GO TO YOUR NEAREST CONVENIENCE STORE & SIMPLY HAND YOUR BILL TO THE CLERK
All convenience stores, and I do mean all the ones that I’ve ever been to, have the ability to accept nearly every type of Japanese bill you can think of. You can tear the stubs yourself, but if you’re not sure, why mess it up? Just take the paper out of the envelope and give it to the clerk. You honestly don’t have to say a single, solitary word.
STEP THREE: PAY THE AMOUNT DUE AND WAIT FOR THE CLERK PUT STAMPS ON YOUR BILL STUB
After you’ve handed everything to the clerk, and paid the amount due, just wait briefly. The clerk will put a dated stamp on your stub in three different places. Most bill stubs are perforated, and the clerk will do the tearing and all of that good stuff. He or she will keep two of the stamped stubs, and give you one (one copy is for you, one is for the convenience store’s records, and the other is of course for the company that’s billing you).
STEP FOUR: KEEP YOUR STUB
The stamped stub is proof that you paid your bill on the date shown. I’ve never had a problem with a company saying I didn’t pay my bill, but it’s good to keep it just in case.
What Happens If You Miss Your Payment Due Date?
Unfortunately, missing a utilities bill payment it’s not as simple as if you miss a rent payment in Japan, which is quite odd. I have never done it, but I’ve seen it happen to a couple of buddies. If I’m not mistaken, the procedure is to go to the office of the company to whom you are making the payment. You can then make your payment there. I can’t say for sure if any late fees are assessed but I don’t think so.
What Happens If You Lose Your Bill But It’s Still Prior To Your Due Date?
Hmm…good question. Well, I’m going to take a stab in the dark on this one. It’s a little tougher, because you’ll probably need someone with decent Japanese to help you (unless yours is already pretty good ). Just call up the company (I’m sure you can find the number on the internet) and request another bill.
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