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Re: [tlug] Receiving money internationally

On Tue, 30 Aug 2022 at 01:56, Bruno Raoult wrote:

Any bank can make international payments. TheĀ  interesting point is
that the sender canĀ  decide the amount/currency that the receiver will
get, all fees (including exchange rate) being on sender side.

Sure, but transferring money from overseas to a Japanese bank account is a real PITA.

First, the fees charged for such transfers can be outrageous.

Second, transfers from outside Japan to Japanese bank accounts can take a long time. You may get lucky and it goes smoothly within a couple of weeks, but you may also get unlucky and it will take 2 months. The foreign bank will provide you with evidence that they had sent the money, and the Japanese bank will claim that the money has not arrived yet. You can only wonder who is right. And there is absolutely nothing you can do but wait. And if you are really unlucky, the money may get lost. Then it will take about six months for the amount to be reimbursed to the paying party, but the fees will not be reimbursed.

Practically speaking, you only need receiving account information: country,
bank, branch, acc number (IBAN usually), owner etc...

Japan does not participate in the IBAN system. If it did, fees would be low and the transfer would have to complete within three business days. I can only assume that Japanese banks like to hang on to the funds for longer as the interest on all those transfers being stuck in the system for a bit will add up to a really juicy chunk of ill gotten profits at the end of the year. So I am not holding my breath on Japan ever joining the IBAN system.

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