For anyone considering opening an offshore account, here is a reply I received recently:
"I am sorry to inform you that we have a cross border restriction with Japan which means we are unable to
open up accounts for any Japan residents if our business has been actively solicited. In this case as you came
across our accounts via the internet this is seen as marketing."
So, the fact this bank has a website is classed as advertising in Japan. However, if knowledge of the bank came from information
supplied by a third party, they are quite happy to provide you with an account.
If anyone tries, remember, you heard from your granny