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Japanese ATMs Need Their Beauty Sleep?

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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4 Responses to “Japanese ATMs Need Their Beauty Sleep?”

  1. Terry Wallwork Says:
    September 6th, 2007 at 3:41 am

    It has got to be the worse possible thing to do with an ATM.

    I can’t believe a tech savvy, hard working, always on the go Japanese people would stand for not being able to get access to their money 24 hours a day.

    If they did that in Britain or America I’m sure there would be riots.

    Still it’s encouraging in a way that even though the Japanese do almost everything else better than us they still have not got it all right (yet).

  2. Krissy Says:
    March 13th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    In some U.S. cities some atms close around two. (This is the kind that you have to swipe your bankcard to get into the room.)
    But that’s in Boston… where everything in the town is fast asleep by 2… and usually by 10pm if it’s not a bar.

  3. dustin Says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    i know some places it is to discourage high risk after hours use.

  4. freedomwv Says:
    October 9th, 2008 at 2:50 am

    This is really hard to deal with when on an all night drinking rage in Shibuya.


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