Often they are the first or only thing there. You’d think with all the rationalisation with Japanese banks that they’d be cutting down on the number of branches.
Actually, I think the mergers and rationalisations of Japanese banks might be the reason. They are finally closing the branches which are two doors down from the other branch of the same bank (because it used to be a different bank before they merged), and in typical Japanese style that isn’t actually leading to any redundancies, so I guess they have to stick them somewhere else. The charges for using cashpoints and the number of old people with huge savings also can’t make it difficult to make money out of them.