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

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

Japanese online retailer to launch DIY shopping wall

August 5th, 2013

Online retailer DIY-Tool.com is to launch a physical “shopping wall” that makes use of NFC tags and QR codes, using a new platform developed by Tokyo-based Aquabit Spirals, NFC vendor Tapit and application development company… More

Japanese library adds NFC tags

July 16th, 2013

A library in the city of Hannō, Japan, is using NFC tags attached to bookshelves to provide readers with access to a range of services, designed to transform it from the traditional concept of a… More

HP pushes NFC in Japan

July 15th, 2013

Hewlett Packard will use Tapit’s NFC platform at 14 seminars across Japan this summer. Attendees will be able to log in using an NFC enabled ID card and then tap their ElitePad Windows 8 tablets on interaction points to find out more about the latest HP corporate and consumer products.

Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong carriers sign NFC collaboration deal

June 26th, 2013

Taiwan’s largest mobile network operator, Chunghwa Telecom, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s KDDI and Hong Kong-based PCCW with the aim of providing international NFC roaming services to the three networks’ customers. The… More

NFC couponing service launches in Tokyo stores

June 26th, 2013

Korean mobile network operator SK Telecom‘s subsidiary SK Planet has launched an NFC couponing service in the Shin-Okubo neighbourhood of Tokyo, the centre of the city’s Korean community, in partnership with Japanese carriers KDDI and… More

SoftBank Mobile to launch NFC in Japan

June 12th, 2013

SoftBank Mobile has selected Gemalto as its trusted service manager for the commercial launch of NFC services in Japan. The carrier’s NFC platform will be hosted at Gemalto’s data centre in Singapore and run on… More

Asian mobile alliance promotes NFC with poster campaign

June 3rd, 2013

The Conexus Mobile Alliance, a regional grouping of mobile network operators, is promoting NFC throughout Asia with a “Tap and Get” smart poster campaign. Tap and Get rewards customers of Korean carrier KT or Japanese… More

NFC lamp post information service to launch in Tokyo

May 24th, 2013

One of the busiest commercial locations in Tokyo is to be equipped with an NFC-based information and advertising service. Internet advertising and social gaming company CyberAgent, in partnership with Shibuya Television and technology provider Toppan… More

JAL adds carriers and coupons to NFC boarding pass service

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… More

Wii U to get NFC payments?

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 has revealed. As a first step, Nintendo is considering integrating with Japanese railway company JR East’s Suica stored value card service.

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