OK, all sorted. Got a 1000 yen calling card, spoke to the bank, the card wasn’t blocked – it was just Japanese cash machines being difficult. Either way I have paid college half now with the rest to follow tomorrow when I am allowed to take out some more money. Off to find somewhere local for potential birthday pressies (no work – after that experience I can’t be bothered, plus I am out tonight so there is the potential for some speaking practise then, which is where most of my difficulties lie).
Also, at least now I have a phone card which works for domestic and international calls (although only about 10 minutes of credit for the latter, so don’t go getting your hopes up ;)