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Opening a bank account: How can I open an account at a bank?

Jack has just started working in Tokyo.
He asks his colleague Young Ae about how to open a bank account.

Jack
I need to open a bank account for my salary. Do you know what I need to take to the bank?
Young Ae
You need your ID and also a document to prove your address in Japan. For foreigners like us, a passport and an alien registration card work best as an ID and a proof of address.
Jack
I see. That sounds very simple.
Young Ae
Some banks may require other conditions or ask you to submit additional documents to open an account. You should contact a branch of the bank where you want to have your account open.
Jack
Sure, I will do so.
Young Ae
By the way, do you already have your inkan or personal seal, Jack?
Jack
No, I have not made mine yet. Do I need inkan to open an account?
Young Ae
Many banks do require inkan. But there are some banks that accept your signature instead.
Jack
I see. I don’t have much time so probably should look for the one that takes my signature.

After a few days, Jack comes to Young Ae to tell her that he was able to open his bank account successfully.

Jack
It took me a while to fill out the forms in Japanese. But the people at the bank were very kind to help me.
Young Ae
Congratulations! Now you can pay your utility bills through your bank account.
Jack
Right. I believe I can pay my rent from my bank account as well. That will save me time going to the bank every month to make a money transfer.
Young Ae
Good. Did you get your ATM card as well?
Jack
Of course. The card makes it so easy to withdraw and deposit cash. Thank you so much for your help, Young Ae.

Please refer here for information on how to open a bank account.
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