2019年04月01日

'Yokohama Shokin Ginko' (Yokohama Specie Bank) was Japan's one and only bank focusing on trade finance and foreign exchange before the Second World War.

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This special bank , which was built in Yokohama City in 1880, originally was a quasi-national bank for Japanese companies to carry out overseas trade just with cash. And it was one of the largest banks of this kind in the world before the Second World War, however GHQ liquidated this bank right after the Second World War. Thereafter this bank was revived as a commercial bank and became a part of MUFG Bank, one of the four megabanks in Japan. The picture shows the former head office building built in 1904, which stands in the heart of Yokohama City. This old building survived the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 as well as the fierce air raids during the Second World War, and was designated as an important cultural asset in 1969. This prestigious building is a place for Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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