Midnight Black Account

I just sent my application for a Shinsei Bank account and I must say, the hardest part in filling up the application form was choosing the color of the bank card. They have 32 colors including Big Sky, Orange Juice and Cherry Blossom.

I ended up choosing Midnight, because I know It’s as close as I can get to getting the uber-exclusive Black Card.

At first I was considering getting a Citibank account but I wasn’t really impressed with their English website in Japan. I checked the Roppongi Hills site to see what banks they have there and found they have both Mizuho and Shinsei Bank. Being already familiar with Mizuho Bank, I decided to check out the latter’s website to see what they have to offer.

I was impressed.

Unlike most Japanese banks, their ATMs are open 24/7, many of their branches (called Financial Centers) are open until 7:00 PM, branches are usually co-located with Starbucks Coffee, account holders can make deposits and withrawals without charges using other banks’ ATMs including Japan Post ATMs, free bank transfers (up to five per month) to any Japanese bank and most importantly, their bank cards come in 32 colors.

Also, I think Shinsei Bank is the most bilingual bank in Japan. All services offered in the Japanese site are also offered in the English Site, customer service personnel are also bilingual, they have English application forms and English monthly statements. In fact, if you search the web, you’ll see that Shinsei Bank is very popular among gaijins.

It’s not all positive though. Some people may not like the fact that they have very few branches slash Financial Centers and also, some people may not like the fact that they have to make the very very hard decision of choosing the right color.

P.S. I wasn’t paid to write this.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Roppongi Hills… o no… Rico is going from inaka gaijin to city gaijin. You’re gonna forget to speak japanese, start dating a white english teacher, and get fat and out of shape.😦Or maybe it’ll be the same. I’m interested to find out.But either way, you’re gonna miss かぎん。。。鹿銀。。でしょ?はははは元気でね。アメリカに来るのなら、教えてね

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  2. Pato-san says:

    Midnight Black — pareho tayo hehe. Kaso ung sa akin wala pang lamang pera hehe. Welcome to Tokyo!!! So kailan ang libre? 😀

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  3. Anonymous Rob, I sure am gonna miss Kagin, and Kadai, and all those other Ka-words. I’ll post pics when I’m all fat and out of shape. I hope I can find a tennis partner in Tokyo.Pato-san, sabi na nga ba marami akong magiging kamukha pag black yung kinuha ko eh… kahit yung CEO black din. Hehehe.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey Rico I think I Love You! -Mrs.Pangan

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  5. Torbik says:

    nasa Tokyo ka na Rico? Bakit ganun pwede mamili ng color ng card? meron bang panty fink? or lacy bra beige? hehe.

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  6. Torbik, maybe I should email them your color suggestions. They might consider it when they release new colors. Hehehe.

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  7. hoop says:

    I don’t know if it was Doraemon that was on my ATM card while I was there?… all I remember was that it was some blue cartoon character… 😀

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  8. Booyah! says:

    do you recommend Shinsei bank for an exchange student?

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  9. In principle, a good happen, support the views of the author

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