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

    Apple Pay targets US retail and transport expansion

    December 7th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now accepted by 35% of US retailers, representing about 4m locations across the country, Apple VP Jennifer Bailey has revealed during the Re/code Code Commerce event in San Francisco. Square CEO Jack… More

    Apple Pay launches in Spain

    December 2nd, 2016

    Apple Pay has been officially launched in Spain, with Apple developing partnerships with Banco Santander, payment giants American Express and Mastercard, retailer Carrefour and prepaid meal payment service Ticket Restaurant. Spain becomes the thirteenth country… More

    PayPal launches Siri payment requests in 30 countries

    November 10th, 2016

    PayPal has enabled money transfers via Apple’s Siri voice command function, enabling users with iOS10 devices to make payments by speaking requests. The function will be available in 30 countries. “PayPal users can now send… More

    NEC aims for face recognition for payments by late 2017

    November 4th, 2016

    Japanese IT giant NEC is holding trials with banks and credit card companies to deploy facial recognition systems for payments, IT Wire reports. Such systems could be in public use by late 2017. Dr Hitoshi Imaoka from NEC told visitors to the iExpo exhibition in Tokyo there were still problems of accuracy to be overcome, including how to use the technology as people age.

    Toyota to pilot BLE car-sharing device to unlock doors with mobile app

    November 1st, 2016

    Drivers may soon be able to lock and unlock car doors and start vehicle engines using their smartphone and a Smart Key Box (SKB) unveiled by Toyota that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The device… More

    Bell ID’s TSP to help Japan Apple Pay integration

    October 26th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Rambus Bell ID’s token service provider (TSP) service is being used by IBM Japan to support Japanese banks’ integration with Apple Pay, which went live in the country this week. Issuing banks can now work with IBM Japan to manage real-time enrollment, provisioning and tokenization, while Bell ID’s TSP solution also allows customers the option to authenticate themselves using existing credentials in their mobile banking app.

    Apple Pay transactions up 500% year on year, CEO reports

    October 26th, 2016

    Apple Pay transactions have risen nearly 500% year on year, with more purchases made in September 2016 than during the whole fiscal year in 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during the company’s latest… More

    Apple Pay goes live in Japan

    October 25th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now live in Japan, enabling local iPhone and Apple Watch users to make payments in stores and on public transportation services that support the widely used Sony FeliCa-based Japanese NFC payments system…. More

    Apple targets cashless society

    October 18th, 2016

    Apple is planning to “pour further resources” into Apple Pay in Japan and across other Asian markets in an attempt to promote a cashless society. “We would like to be a catalyst for taking cash out of the system,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Nikkei Asian Review. “We don’t think the consumer particularly likes cash.” Apple’s iPhone 7 flagship device will take Apple Pay to Japan utilising Sony FeliCa NFC technology this month.

    Japanese government to trial biometrics

    September 29th, 2016

    The government of Japan is to begin piloting a biometric authentication-based payments service next month that will enable travelers to make purchases using their fingerprint. “The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will start the service at tourism spots in three areas,” Bangkok Post reports. “A trial will be conducted at hotel check-ins in popular tourist areas.” The platform will make use of technology supplied by Dai Nippon Printing and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting. Plans for the system were first unveiled in April 2016.

    Japanese firms team with NTT and Daon for biometric venture

    September 19th, 2016

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have signed an agreement with NTT Data and biometrics provider Daon for the commercialisation of services that will offer individual identification platforms utilizing several… More

    Japanese bank to roll out palm vein ID

    September 15th, 2016

    Customers of Japan’s Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will soon be able to access services by using their palms for authentication. “The bank plans to install its palm scanning equipment at the counters of all its approximately 160 branches from next spring,” The Asahi Shimbun reports. “The expansion will cover almost all over-the-counter services, including purchases and cancellation of investment trust funds.” The bank developed the palm vein biometric identification system in 2012, but it has so far been limited to select ATMs.

    Apple Pay heads to New Zealand and Russia

    September 8th, 2016

    Apple Pay is preparing to launch in New Zealand with support from ANZ Bank New Zealand. “The payment system will work with Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ,” Stuff reports. “A release date has not been announced, but it is expected to arrive before the end of the year.” The service is also expected to launch in Russia, according to AppleInsider. A start date has not yet been announced. Apple Pay will arrive in Japan with Sony FeliCa technology next month.

    Apple continues NFC support

    September 7th, 2016

    Apple’s new flagship smartphones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — as well as its second generation wearables range — the Apple Watch Series 2 — will carry support for Apple Pay. Devices sold specifically in Japan will include support for Sony FeliCa technology to enable Apple Pay purchases when the service launches in the country next month.

    FeliCa NFC technology confirmed for Apple Pay in Japan

    September 7th, 2016

    Apple has confirmed that its new flagship smartphones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — and the second generation Apple Watch will be equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology. The move will allow for… More

    Android Pay heads to Japan

    September 1st, 2016

    Google is collaborating with financial services giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in Japan this autumn. “Android Pay initially will incorporate debit cards issued by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,” Nikkei reports. “The digital wallet also will use credit cards issued by Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos by year’s end at the soonest. Google is negotiating with East Japan Railway Company, NTT Docomo, Rakuten, JCB and other Japanese digital money providers to make their reader systems compatible with Android Pay.”

    Apple to offer iPhone with FeliCa NFC payments in Japan

    August 30th, 2016

    Apple is planning to launch an iPhone in Japan equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology to allow owners to make payments for travel and other services. The company is intending to work with “multiple transit… More

    Japanese bank eyes facial recognition

    August 25th, 2016

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) is exploring the use of a facial authentication system for customers to make payments. “SMFG aims to utilise users’ facial data as a means of verifying their credit cards or bank accounts,” The Japan News reports. “SMFG will begin trials at retail outlets as early as 2017 before developing it for practical use over several years after the trials.”

    Gemalto to secure mobile payments in Japan with DNP

    July 14th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is to supply its Ezio Mobile Suite to financial solutions provider Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) to help the company secure mobile payments, internet banking and related services in Japan. “With Gemalto’s solution, DNP can offer a strong and scalable cloud-based authentication platform, supporting a wide range of authentication and transaction signing methods, including biometric, one time password and out-of-band,” Gemalto says. DNP selected Gemalto to roll out mobile payment solutions to its customers in October 2015.

    NEC employees trial facial recognition for payments

    July 12th, 2016

    Employees at NEC Corporation’s head office in Tokyo are trialling the use of facial recognition to authenticate purchases made in small shops inside the building. The trial began in June 2016 and will run until August as part of NEC’s efforts to “apply its biometrics authentication technologies to a range of services including cashless payment”. More

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