Using the JP (Japan Post) to Send Money

If you want to send money from Japan you can use the post office. The JP (Japan Post) used to be the best deal in town. Nowadays there are other ways that are just as good. Short of setting up an account with CitiBank (which is marginally better), it’ll be pretty much the same no matter where you send money from.

Below you find the important pages from the JP booklet. You can send money in two ways.

One way is to send a money order to an address, this is the most annoying way because you have to pay for the EMS mail service and the money order can only be up to a certain amount per check— which means you may have to fill out six money orders.

The second way is to send money to an account. You can do this with cash or from one account to another. I recommend cash, because it is easier. You’ll need to have some bank account info (see below) and you’ll probably be charged by your bank to receive the money.

JP Post booklet (PDF)


Non-Profit Funding (notes)

Some notes towards something more later:

greenYesterday I was approached by Greenpeace for the second time in three days while walking home. They were doing some fund raising. It was a typical deal, where a young man with a clipboard asks you an easy question like “do you care about the environment?” Of course I care about the environment. The problem is what this question leads to, will you give us money? Asking for money isn’t the problem though, it’s how they are asking for the money that is. Non-profits have started to use a new system where they automatically deduct “as little” as ten dollars straight from your bank account. What’s more, you won’t be given an other option. Either give a minimum of $120 a year or don’t at all. You’ll have to go to the website for that, but only after getting the hard sell on the street.

The explanation is that it lowers their overhead, which is undoubtedly true. The problem is that I don’t have a lot of money. I like to give to charity, but my little means makes it so that I can only give a little and what little I can give I like to break up among important issues. Yes, I like the environment, I also like the ACLU, and saving children, and ending Hunger and Homelessness in America, and so on. But I can not give every group $120 ever year, not without risking becoming a charity case myself anyway.

The Greenpeace hard sell was extra insulting because the fella implied that I should have given to him instead of buy my new shoes which I needed to keep my feet dry after four days of straight rain, which I explained to him. He then told me how I could say the environment for the price of X number of lattes, which I don’t drink (partially) because of the cost. I then explained that I just moved here and just got a job and that I have a bunch of bills and also need to get money together for a deposit so I can get an apartment. The solution? He’s signed up a bunch of broke college students so I should too. I won’t go into why that was a dumb thing to say, but it led me to this thought— non-profit funding is in crisis. If they all are depending on broke college students and people like me to support important issues there isn’t much hope. And this funding isn’t just money, but time and energy. I didn’t like the guy hard selling me, but I respect his commitment and I realize what good work these people are trying to do. I think from here it would be easy to get back into class, but I’ll hold off, I need to get ready for work anyway.
[tags]aclu, class, fund raising, funding non-profits, greenpeace, hunger and homelessness, non-profits, save the children[/tags]

random, seattle

Best Sign

I doubt anyone is a stranger to homeless people sitting by the road with cardboard signs, but I saw a sign the other day that made me chuckle. I don’t know how I feel about laughing at a homeless person’s sign asking for money, but that seems like it was the point. Still there is a guilty feeling. Apparently this is a pretty common sign, but it was new to me. It read: “Ninjas killed my family. Need money for karate lessons.” There are a few variations, but I bet if you look hard enough you could find this is just about any city.