Children on bank work experience say, “100 million yen was heavy”

Children on bank work experience say, “100 million yen was heavy”

On August 7, at the Naha Branch of the Mizuho Bank, children handled a bundle of notes worth 100 million yen to get an idea of its weight.


August 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 7, in Naha branch of the Mizuho Bank held what they called a Children’s Summer School featuring enjoyable quizzes and games to give 12 elementary school and junior high school pupils an idea of what working in a bank is like. The children each handled a bundle of notes to the value of 100 million yen to feel how heavy it is.

They now have a better understanding of what like to work in a bank thanks to experiencing some aspects of the work involved and seeing the inside of a bank.
A staff member explained that a bank basically serves the two roles of storing and lending money, and said, “We check whether people who have borrowed money can return it or not, because the money is entrusted to the bank by people.”

Satsuki Yasue, a fifth-grade pupil of Ueda Elementary School in Tomigusuku, and her sister Natsuki, a third-grade pupil at the same school, took part in the program. Satsuki said, “I felt the weight of a bundle of notes worth 100 million yen. I now know that in a bank there are safe-deposit boxes and many security cameras to stop robbers.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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