Disclaimer: This article provides only a basic overview on credit cards in Japan. It does not guarantee that you will be able to get a credit card by following these tips. Check with individual credit card providers for application requirements.
If you hail from a Western country or just somewhere with a less idiosyncratic financial system than Japan, you’re probably used to credit card companies busting down your door to sign you up for that powerful piece of plastic. As a foreigner in Japan, it’s less about choosing a card and more about finding a company that will even give you a card.
Why is it so hard for a foreigner to get a credit card in Japan?
While you may have a solid credit history back home, Japanese credit card companies d
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