Do you know if it’s possible to withdraw money from your US bank account here in Japan? I asked this question to countless foreigners and coworkers living here in Japan. I would get the same answers over and over again: “I’m not sure,” “I’ve never tried it,” “I don’t know.” Well I needed to ship something home today and the Japan Post wouldn’t let me use a debit card.
I decided to figure this out once and for all if I could withdraw money from my US bank account here in Japan.
Armed with my Paypal card and good intentions, I apprehensively put my card into the ATM, pressed the English Guide button. The ATM prompted me to put in my pin number. I entered my number. Then I was prompted to enter an amount. I put in 2000 yen and crossed my fingers for luck. Deep breath…waiting…waiting…incorrect pin…d$%n it! I tempted the fates one more time and put in my card. I entered my pin again and the amount that I wanted. Deep breath…waiting…waiting…machine sounds…flipping of bills…IT WORKED!!
Because it was a question that many people have asked, I decided to make a video at my local post office to prove it’s possible:
(VIDEO COMING SOON)…
Paypal is a wonderful global service for making and accepting payments, so I can withdraw funds quite easily little fees involved (it was around a 2% withdrawal feel, if I calculated correctly). I honestly don’t know if all banks allow overseas withdrawals, but I know that Chase and Paypal work just fine here in Japan.
Until next time,