News about the NFC market in Japan — trials, pilots, tests and live services.
May 7th, 2013
Japan Airlines (JAL) has added coupons and special offers to its NFC-enabled boarding pass service and announced plans to extend operations to include customers of all three of Japan's mobile network operators. KDDI customers have...
May 1st, 2013
Nintendo is looking at using the NFC functionality on the Wii U controller to let users make payments for games using contactless cards, as well as for interacting with NFC-enabled toys and cards, the company...
April 24th, 2013
"We are bringing the traditional, static in-store experience to life with Codemasters," tag platform provider Tapit's Niklas Bakos has told NFC World. "We are creating a digital experience to allow customers to interact with the product on a different level."
April 3rd, 2013
Identive has launched a Japanese version of its online NFC tag store. "In addition to an array of tags in the globally accepted NFC Forum Types 1, 2 and 4, for the Japanese market Identive...
March 25th, 2013
NEC has launched a turnkey prepaid payments service that includes cloud-based system servers, cards, smartphone apps and payment terminals and is available in both Japan and internationally. The Integrated Electronic Money Solution provides customers with...
March 13th, 2013
The first game to make use of the NFC capabilities in the Nintendo Wii U is to launch in Japan on 24 April. The new Pokemon Rumble U Pokemon Scramble U game will work with...
February 25th, 2013
Mobile network operators in the three countries have agreed technical specifications that will enable consumers to make use of NFC payments and other services in both their home country and abroad.
December 3rd, 2012
Dog owners can use the Fujitsu Wandant NFC-enabled pedometer, an Android NFC phone and a cloud-based analysis service to collect and track detailed information about their pet's health and fitness.
November 19th, 2012
Drinks distributor Suntory is promoting the launch of Pepsi Special in Japan via NFC tags placed on two Tokyo railway lines that offer travellers the chance to win free samples and access information about the new "fat-busting" soda drink.
November 12th, 2012
Japanese payment brand JCB has begun a one month trial of a new JCB Mobile Wallet platform in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district and says it will launch the product commercially in 2013. The JCB Mobile...
October 11th, 2012
The Japanese carrier, founder of Japan's Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service, has signed a deal with MasterCard that will see its 17m iD mobile credit card holders being able to use a new generation of phones to make payments at MasterCard Paypass merchants in 41 countries as well as at 560,000 Osaifu-Keitai points of sale in Japan.
October 10th, 2012
"Docomo and KT plan to share the results of their commercial endeavor with global associations and standardization bodies, aiming to promote the realization of a commercial environment for globally compatible NFC services," the Japanese and Korean carriers say.
August 27th, 2012
Consumers buying a range of Panasonic appliances including washing machines, rice cookers, air conditioners, washer/driers, a microwave oven, a refrigerator and a range of healthcare devices will be able to interact with the devices using either an NFC phone or a Japanese Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet phone.
June 27th, 2012
Fashion chain Gap has used wristbands and NFC phones to allow customers to vote for the best dressed staff at two stores in Tokyo. Customers were given contactless wristbands which were then "high fived" against...
May 16th, 2012
Japanese mobile operator KDDI will offer the world's first phone with both NFC and Felica support from this summer. The Sharp Aquos Phone Serie will support Japan's widely-used Felica contactless payment system as well as...
March 13th, 2012
The first international NFC marketing service is to go live on 1 April, allowing customers of NTT Docomo and KT to collect and redeem special offers from NFC posters in both Japan and Korea — and payments and ticketing services as well as the participation of carriers in additional Asian countries are set to follow.
February 26th, 2012
The chip maker has followed Samsung in announcing it will work with FeliCa Networks to develop solutions that allow phones to work with both NFC and Japan's existing Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service.
February 10th, 2012
The Japanese firm has developed a field service and asset management system that integrates with Salesforce, allowing data gathered by technicians reading NFC tags in the field to be automatically posted back to the CRM system.
January 30th, 2012
The world's first physical retail store specialising in NFC has been opened in Yaesu, Tokyo. The RFID/NFC Real Touch Shop offers NFC tags from UPM RFID, NFC applications, starter kits, and printing and encoding services....
January 16th, 2012
The mobile network operator will begin commercial NFC services from the end of January with partners including Japan Airlines, credit card issuers, loyalty programme providers and retailers.