I really don't know where Japan is heading. Although it has little foreign debt the government is heavily in monetary debt to the people. The future is bleak.
Looks like I'll have to uninstall iTunes immediately...
Card payments can be accepted without power — that's what the raised numbers printed on the card are for!
Just as I'd finished filling up there was a power cut. I presented my card - as I had no cash - and the clerk fished out a dusty old manual machine form under the counter. After being shown how to use it by her supervisor, she checked that my signature matched my card, and it was done. Yes my chip and pin contact-less card is backwards compatible for all occasions. Lucky really as I would not have been able to draw cash from an ATM.
A rock store eventually closed down; they were taking too much for granite.