Subject: Re: More on ATM's and Credit Cards abroad
You are right, Peter John - Japan is one of the most difficult places to find ATMs that 'fit' western systems. BUT - it sure is much better than it was when we lived there in the mid 90s! It sometimes takes awhile - but there's always SOME bank that'll take a NA card.

Generally - American Express is only accepted in the largest (or NA related) establishments in Asia - the rate that they charge merchants is the highest of all CC companies and so not many places in this region accept it.

Cheers! Judy in HK