Tokyo Star Bank

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The Tokyo Star Bank, Limited
Public KK
Industry Financial Services
Founded 2001
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Seiji Satou, President & CEO[1]
Number of employees
Subsidiaries TSB Capital Co.

The Tokyo Star Bank, Ltd. (株式会社東京スター銀行, Kabushiki-gaisha Tokyo Star Ginkō) is a Japanese bank established on June 11, 2001 out of the reorganization of then bankrupt Tokyo Sowa Bank (founded in 1949 as Tokyo Shokusan Mujin - Mutual Loan Company) by Lone Star Funds.

Its most known financial product is the "MasterCard Debit Card". No such product existed in Japan, until this card went into distribution. Many customers who dislike credit cards have taken to this new product.


Star One[edit]

A multipurpose deposit account for personal customers. Only a cash card is issued, unlike other more traditional banks which continue to utilize savings passbooks. In place of the passbook the bank sends transaction reports monthly by post, as well as providing online banking services. Customers can take advantage of ordinary savings account, fixed term deposit, funds, as well as foreign currency deposit.

One of the biggest merits of this product is that customers may make unlimited use of ATM without incurring a surcharge. In Japan, depositors typically pay charges when using ATM after office hours, or using other bank's ATM. But with the Star One cash card, those charges are paid back to the customer at the beginning of the following month.

Master Debit[edit]

Tokyo Star Bank offers two types of card, Tokyo Star Credit and Tokyo Star Debit. Tokyo Star Credit is s typical credit card, but Tokyo Star Debit is "Master Debit Card".

Customers can use it almost like credit card, but the money used is immediately withdrawn from the account. So users need not worry about "credit-limit", as the card can be uses up to one's balance of the account (200,000 daily transaction limit).


  • 1949 Tokyo Shokusan Mujin established. Afterwards renamed to Tokyo Kyowa Shokusan Mujin, Tokyo-metropolis Shokusan Mujin.
  • 1951 converted to Mutual Bank and renamed to Tokyo Sogo Bank.
  • 1969 Shouichi Nagata became President. He made this bank big.
  • 1975 Nagata becomes chairman.
  • 1989 converted to normal Bank and renamed to Tokyo Sowa Bank. (member of the Second Associations of Regional Banks)
  • after 1992 (collapse of Bubble economy) operation declines.
  • 1999 filed bankruptcy and Nagata was arrested next year.
  • 2001 Lone Star Funds acquired this bank and renamed Tokyo Star Bank.
  • 2002 Todd Budge becomes member of the board, and made various innovations to infuse the company with energy.
  • 2003 Budge becomes President and CEO. (First foreign President of Japanese Bank)
  • 2004 started expanding self brand ATM across the whole country, with Fujitsu.
  • 2004 Started Master Debit Card.
  • 2005 Listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.(Code 8384)
  • 2006 started zero-bank ATM.


  1. ^ "Tokyo Star Bank". Tokyo Star Bank. 

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