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News about the NFC market in Japan — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

Nintendo 3DS to get NFC

September 1st, 2014

Nintendo will include a built-in NFC chip in the next versions of its 3DS and 3DS XL handheld games consoles, at least in Japan, the company has revealed in its latest 3DS Direct video briefing. The NFC functionality provides “support for Nintendo’s upcoming Amiibo toy line,” CNet reports. Nintendo will also sell an NFC adapter for existing models.

NTT Docomo picks Gemalto for NFC

August 26th, 2014

NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile phone carrier, is to use Gemalto’s Allynis trusted service management (TSM) service and its UpTeq SIMs for the rollout of its NFC platform. “The launch will deliver a rich variety of contactless services encompassing mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control,” Gemalto says.

Nintendo adds NFC payments

July 21st, 2014

Nintendo Wii U users in Japan can now use the NFC interface built into their GamePad controller to purchase games with a Suica contactless payment card. The plan to offer contactless payments was detailed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in May this year. Gamers that use the service will receive Suica loyalty rewards at the rate of one point for every ¥200 they spend.

Apple Japan adds digital gift card

July 17th, 2014

Apple has introduced a digital version of the iTunes gift card in Japan that replaces the need for customers to buy a physical card. “To substitute for a physical gift card, iTunes Pass installs a new pass inside of the iOS Passbook application,” 9to5Mac reports.

Japan Airlines combines beacons and smartwatches to improve customer service at airports

July 15th, 2014

Japan Airlines staff at Tokyo’s Haneda airport are being provided with smartwatches that work in conjunction with Bluetooth Low Energy beacons, to give management a way to assign staff more efficiently and respond more swiftly to customer requests. More

Tamagotchi 4U to come with NFC

July 10th, 2014

Japanese toy maker Bandai is to include NFC in the next version of its Tamagotchi electronic pets, enabling owners to tap their device on ‘Touch Spots’ and against other Tamagotchis and smartphones to exchange items and play games. Tamagotchi 4U will be released in September and Bandai expects to sell one million units by the end of March 2015.

JCB to launch NFC payments in 2015

July 1st, 2014

Japan-based payments network JCB is to begin testing a contactless payments service in Tokyo this month, ahead of a commercial rollout in 2015. “In addition to plastic cards, J/Speedy can be issued for a wide… More

X-Men gets iBeacons promo

May 13th, 2014

Twentieth Century Fox is to use Bluetooth beacons to promote the new X-Men: Days of Future Past movie to cinema-goers in Japan. The campaign makes use of Access Beacon Framework (ABF), a location-aware content distribution system that combines Bluetooth Low Energy beacons, smartphone apps and a cloud-based platform to push the promotion to iOS users.

Nintendo to launch NFC toys and payments

May 8th, 2014

A new Nintendo Figurine Platform and a range of NFC toys that makes use of the NFC functionality in the Wii U GamePad is to be unveiled at the E3 games show next month, company president Satoru Iwata has announced. A standalone device that will enable NFC toys to be used with the Nintendo 3DS handheld console will also be introduced and NFC payments for games are to added, initially in Japan, from this summer. More

Japanese carriers ship 14m NFC phones

May 1st, 2014

There were 13.92m NFC mobile phones in service in Japan at the end of January 2014, the Mobile NFC Association (MoNA) reports, and a total of 70 models of mobile phone that support NFC services are now available from the country’s three mobile network operators.

Tomy to launch fingernails that light up with NFC

April 8th, 2014

Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy Arts has unveiled a range of stick-on false nails that contain an NFC antenna and an LED light that can be powered up by an NFC phone. The wearer can… More

Japanese beauty salons to offer NFC coupons

February 25th, 2014

Salon de Wallet, a mobile membership service for Japanese beauty salons, is to add mobile coupons that can be redeemed via NFC or mobile barcodes, using a solution developed by C-Sam, Dai Nippon Printing, carrier… More

KDDI, SK Planet, Chunghwa Telecom and HKT form Asia NFC Alliance

February 25th, 2014

Japanese carrier KDDI, Korea’s SK Planet, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) are to work together to spread adoption of NFC services in Asia, using a shared NFC tag specification, brand mark and… More

NTT Docomo sets launch date for global NFC payments

October 29th, 2013

Mobile network operator NTT Docomo, founder of Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile payments service, is to take its mobile payments service global from 5 February 2014, in conjunction with MasterCard. More

BagJack adds NFC security

October 16th, 2013

German messenger bag maker Bagjack is using an NFC-based anti-counterfeiting solution developed by Serfides to authenticate the products it sells in Japan. The solution enables a validation code stored on a product’s NFC tag to be read and matched to its counterpart on a back-end database, confirming the authenticity of the bag.

Toshiba shows TransferJet kiosk

October 9th, 2013

Toshiba has demonstrated a touchscreen kiosk that combines a wireless charging station, NFC reader and fast data transfer technology TransferJet at the Ceatac 2013 tradeshow. The demo showed how consumers could pay and pair via NFC and then download digital content via a TransferJet micro USB dongle attached to their phone, Engadget reports. TransferJet can transfer an hour of video content in a matter of seconds.

Softbank offers Fujitsu Arrows A NFC phone with finger sensor

October 7th, 2013

Japanese carrier Softbank has unveiled the Arrows A 301F, an NFC smartphone built by Fujitsu that includes a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone for unlocking the device. The  Arrows A comes with… More

Google Play gets NFC vending machines in Japan

October 1st, 2013

Google Japan has unveiled a vending machine that allows consumers to tap to download Android games from the Google Play store via NFC. The units will be located outside the Parco department store in Shibuya,… More

Sumitomo Mitsui to launch NFC payments in Japan

September 10th, 2013

Banking group Sumitomo Mitsui is to introduce an NFC payments service this month that will be available through all three Japanese mobile network operators — NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI — and will work with… More

MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP to offer white label NFC platform in Japan

August 28th, 2013

Japanese retailers are to be able to provide shoppers with branded NFC mobile wallets, courtesy of a new white label platform to be offered jointly by MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP. The NFC white label service… More

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