HIS Japan to offer Western Union money transfer services


Leading travel agent HIS on Monday began offering Western Union money transfer services. Two branches of Across No. 1 Travel located in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro and one HIS branch in Kannai, Yokohama, will initially offer over the counter services allowing consumers to send or receive Western Union transfers quickly.

The number of HIS offices that offer Western Union services is expected to increase significantly within a year from launch.

“Western Union’s service is about offering international money transfer consumers – convenience, reliability and the opportunity to send and receive money in minutes around the world,” said Yasuhiro Sakamoto, Country Head, Western Union Japan. “Teaming up with two of Japan’s popular travel agencies located in popular areas means as a company we are continuing to expand our network in Japan to make it even more convenient for our consumers.”

Western Union has more than 50 agent locations offering money transfers services via Travelex, Philippines National Bank and Daikokuya. In addition, registered customers of Seven Bank can send money through its on-line Internet banking portal or via its 18,000 ATMs throughout Japan.

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independent banking service or linked with buying an expensive airticket from HIS?

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some14some - do you know of cheaper travel agents? WLTK!

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I don't know if they still do it but HIS had a policy of charging foreigners more money for airline tickets than Japanese. It was widely reported. I imagine they are still doing it. I wouldn't trust my money to a company like that. I suppose some will find it useful. I just have a global saver account with Mitsui Sumitomo.. Two cashcards. I deposit money here and my mum withdraws it and banks it back home through the PLUS network. I have found it to be very convenient and simple, with the caveat that they use the VISA exchange rate. I once lost 50,000 yen because a major Japanese bank and a minor Australian bank gave me the wrong information. The money was returned and I lost 500 bucks on the exchange rate. Always send your cash in yen, folks!!

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these guys offer the best exchange rates, and transfer fee is not that much either.

I used HIS a few times, but as I now mostly go to / from Australia I just buy tickets off the Jetstar website, wish more airlines were online like this.

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If one is based in Japan, the cheapest way to exchange is to use a FX company that offers the service. You can then exchange at close to market rates. Most banks have a spread of one yen or more, whereas one FX company I know does it for a spread of less than 0.1 yen (exact rate depends on the currency). The foreign banks have much narrower spreads than Japanese ones, but they still can't beat the FX companies.

The downside is you need to be able to read Japanese to open an FX account, and read through all their "risk" documentation. IMO there is minimal risk if you are just exchanging money though (as opposed to trading high leverage on margin). If you are going to be exchanging money often and with non-trivial amounts of cash then it's worth the hassle.

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I don't know if they still do it but HIS had a policy of charging foreigners more money for airline tickets than Japanese

The MInistry of Tourism read them the riot act, becuase it was ILLEGAL. HIS = ILLEGAL.

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At last Japan enters the 21st century ........

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