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Paying Bills

You can pay bills in different ways.

An easy way to pay is to go to any convenience store. You can take your bill to the convenience store, where they scan the bar-code on the bill and accept your payment.

Automatic withdrawal (自動講座) allows utility costs to be deducted automatically from your personal bank account. Most cell phone companies prefer this type of payment.  As for electricity, gas or phone bills, you can register when you sign up for service or when your first bill arrives.

If you have to pay apartment rent or other bills, you will probably pay for them at a bank or post office payment counter (furikomi madoguchi) before 3 or 4pm.

For final bills, you can pay a collector (集金人に支払う), usually sent by each utility company.