I'm going to be heading to Japan for 6 months for work. Will not be able to get a local bank account due to visa 'challenges'.
Employer will pay me a daily living allowance into my UK bank account. But paying with a mastercard, or using an ATM always results in charges, which I could claim as an expense, but it's PITA.
A Starling bank account looks like it would work, as they have free mastercard use and free atm withdrawals.
But experience has told me that ATMs can be picky in Japan when it comes to foreign cards. I know it's got better in recent years with the 7-11 ATMs being more flexible. So wondering if anybody has used Starling successfully (or unsuccessfully) over there?