Major banks to set up traveler-friendly ATMs for overseas credit, cash cards
Major banks to set up traveler-friendly ATMs for overseas credit, cash cards
In a race to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan's three largest commercial banks will start installing ATMs from which foreign visitors can withdraw cash using overseas credit and cash...
Home appliance makers find success overseas with localized machines
Home appliance makers find success overseas with localized machines
Japanese manufacturers of home appliances are stepping up efforts to tailor their products to local markets to expand sales overseas and catch up to South Korean rivals.
This device developed by Sony Corp. enables people to lock or unlock doors via a smartphone app. (Provided by Sony Corp.)
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Foreign travelers have complained about the lack of ATMs that accommodate overseas credit and cash cards for cash services. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Major banks to set up traveler-friendly ATMs for overseas credit, cash cards
In a race to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan's three largest commercial banks will start installing ATMs from which foreign visitors can withdraw cash using overseas credit and cash cards, as early as the next fiscal year.
The Asahi Shimbun
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Professional tennis player Kei Nishikori (Provided by Uniqlo Co.)
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The Nagano Snow Resort Pass is available at  hotels and tourism facilities in northern Nagano Prefecture from Dec. 20. (Kiyoshi Takagi)
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Mizuho Bank Ltd. President Nobuhide Hayashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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Hitachi Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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A gas-fired power plant operated in Yangon by Myanmar Power Pte. Ltd. (Provided by Mitsui & Co.)
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McDonald’s French fries available in Japan in the small size packaging (Provided by McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan))
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An Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Skymark Airlines (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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