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30 August 2008 @ 12:21 am
Bill paying in a cash economy  
So, Japan is a cash economy. Credit cards are only really accepted by some institutions in major cities and checks are what businesses write to pay each other. So how does one pay large bills without mailing sums of money? Why, the convenience store! Most monthly bills mailed in Japan have bar codes on them. When you get one, you can take it down to the conbini, where they scan it, stamp it and then return half of it to you as a receipt. It's not neceessarily more convenient (well, it wouldn't be, except we don't have a mailbox), but there's no worry about losing cash in the mail. If the company complains, you have proof you already paid.
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Joshdesh on August 29th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
q99q99 on August 31st, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't know this. I mean, I knew the cash part, but not the bill part :)