A simpler way to get started
Opening an account is so simple, you can do it from our app in English. You just need to scan your documents - no seal and no difficult paperwork required.
What is required?
- You are a resident in Japan
- You have a valid residence card
- You have an address in Japan
- You have a Japanese phone number
- You are an individual customer (not a business)
What is not required?
- You've stayed in Japan for six months (*)
- Complicated paperwork
- A hanko (personal seal)
- If you haven't stayed in Japan for at least 6 months you can still open an account, as long as you can provide a picture of your health insurance card and/or business card.
- Please note that "Sony Bank" app and "Sony Bank WALLET" app are available in Japanese only. Please sign in to our English online banking (browser-based) for transactions in English.
Open an account in just three steps
Download our Open Account app
Scan your residence card and enter additional information
Receive your Sony Bank WALLET (Cash card with Visa Debit) by postal mail in around 10 days
Additional documents will be mailed to U.S. citizens. Please sign and send them back to us. We will issue your card after receiving the documents.
Download the app now
Download and install the free Open Account app on your smartphone.
- This "Open Account" app can only be downloaded from the App Store in Japan.
If your Apple ID country/region is not Japan, please create a new Apple ID, or change your Apple ID country/region to Japan.
For more information, please visit Apple Support.
- This "Open Account" app can only be downloaded from Google Play Store in Japan.
If your Google Play country is not Japan, please create a new Google account, or change your Google Play country to Japan.
For more information, please visit Google Play Help.
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To Japanese customers
This Open Account app is designed for foreign residents in Japan.
For Japanese customers, please press the button below, to open your account
from our Japanese language website.