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    The online payment system Stripe processes in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) instead of JST (Japan Standard Time). Therefore, please note that if you apply from Japan, there will be a difference of nine hours in the payment time.
    [Example] When applying for a monthly plan from Japan at 1 a.m. on April 1
    Japan Standard Time (nine-hour time difference) = Coordinated Universal Time
    April 1, 1 a.m. = March 31, 4 p.m.
    * In this case, the payment time for the following month, May, is 4 p.m. on April 30.


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