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The Poor Japanese

A friend who has actually been living in Japan for many years tells me that

ordinary Japanese ATMs deliver money in 10,000-Yen bills. 10,000 Yen is

around US$100.

He thinks the individual withdrawal limit is about US$50,000 a day (which,

he adds helpfully, “should be enough, unless you are bribing a politician”).

However, he says that the most himself has ever withdrawn on any particular

day was US$12,000. “The machine didn’t even blink.”

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