By Asian American in Tokyo | May 19, 2007
When ATMs first showed up in the US, I thought they were great because you could conduct bank transactions even when the bank was closed. Particularly, this was useful when you needed cash after hours. Oddly enough, here in Japan the ATMs close at night. They also charge service fees that vary depending on the time of day. I asked around, and nobody really knew why this is. Do ATMs need to rest? Some thought it was for security, but I really don’t think Japanese ATMs are at risk in low-crime Japan when ATMs survive 24/7 in the US.
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