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2004-03-05, 10:32 AM
I will be leaving Japan on the last day of my company's pay period. The pay day is April 25th and I won't be in Japan. The company has advised me to
1. Give my bank card to a friend I trust and have them transfer me the money
2. Get an international bank card (but then I can't access the total amount overseas)
3. Open a Citi Bank account (where I would need 300,000 yen to open)
Does anyone know if this is legal? Should they not be able to pay me on or a few days after my last day of work?
2004-03-05, 10:41 AM
Get it sent via a money transfer. Or link your bank account to Llyods and get your friend to send the cash. Now this could be problematic as it's not your friends account. I talked with the bank mamger when I did this for several people but they knew me well there (one of town ALTs) so I had their cooperation.
2004-03-05, 11:45 AM
I don't know what is legal or not; however, both of the companies I have worked for paid me before I left (or would have in the case of the 2nd one). The first one, I left Japan to return home. They paid me my wages in cash (though it was on the up and up - I got a tax statement, etc.). They did this because I was closing my bank acct. The 2nd company did not pay me ahead of time since I wasn't leaving Japan. I continued to get paid as if I were still working there. I was told, however, that they would have paid me ahead of time if I wanted. I didn't see the need, and actually prefered it the other way so I continued to have money coming in (instead of all at once where I might spend it). It seems odd that they can't pay you, but I don't know if I've just been lucky.
2004-03-06, 01:46 AM
You do not need 300000 to open a citibank account that was the amount you used to have to keep minimally to keep from having to pay 2000 yen a month service charge.
As of this spring it goes to 500000.
However the most important problem is that citibanc probably wont be too eager to open the account as you are leaving the country. The account is supposed to be close in those cases.(tho many dont).
To open an account tho only requires about 30,000.
Have you tried to have your current bank account set up to close the account so many days after you leave and have the remaining funds wired to your home country? Some banks can do that.
Check out the General Union'swebsite about final work payment deal. I think they have 30 days after the normal pay date but I could be wrong.