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

    McDonald’s and NTT Docomo launch mobile payments promo in Japan

    November 13th, 2015

    Customers of fast food chain McDonald’s will get a 3% discount on purchases made at 3,000 locations across Japan when they use mobile network operator NTT Docomo’s iD mobile payment platform from December 1. Diners using Docomo credit cards will also earn extra credit points and a loyalty program will operate at McDonald’s branches in Tokyo. More

    Gemalto to deliver mobile payment solutions to Japan’s Dai Nippon Printing

    October 15th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is to provide its mobile payment solutions to Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), an NFC technology supplier and solution provider for financial institutions in Japan. “DNP will operate Gemalto’s solutions,… More

    JCB to pilot palm vein payments in Japan

    October 7th, 2015

    Japanese credit card scheme JCB is to pilot the use of Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology for payments at this month’s JCB World Conference, enabling those attending to make purchases using only their hand. Additional trials in “global markets” are expected to follow. More

    Alibaba and Ant Financial make “strategic investment” in India’s Paytm

    September 29th, 2015

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Financial are to make a “strategic investment” believed to be worth some US$680m in Indian mobile payment platform Paytm through an agreement with its parent company One97 Communications…. More

    McDonald’s to accept Alipay in more than 2,100 restaurants in China

    September 24th, 2015

    Chinese customers of fast food chain McDonald’s will soon be able to use Ant Financial’s Alipay QR code mobile payment platform to pay for their food and drink in more than 2,100 restaurants. The roll-out… More

    Japanese coffee chain lets customers charge purchases to their mobile phone bill

    September 18th, 2015

    Japan’s largest coffee chain Ueshima Coffee is to let customers make purchases by charging the cost to their mobile phone bill through a partnership with carrier billing solutions provider Boku and mobile network operators KDDI… More

    Sony unveils Wena Wrist with NFC payments

    September 1st, 2015

    Sony is crowdfunding a new smartwatch called Wena Wrist that is equipped with NFC payments compatible with the Japanese Felica standard. If the campaign is successful, two different models of the smartwatch will be available in both silver and black.

    Cyber Group and Sensoro roll out beacons across Greater China

    August 27th, 2015

    Chinese chain store operator Cyber Group has launched a joint venture with beacon platform provider Sensoro to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across Japan and the Greater China region. The companies have already deployed beacons across Tokyo’s top shopping center Marunouchi and will roll out the platform to more than 20 shopping centers and retail stores in the city. They will also install more than 5,000 beacons in 40 shopping districts in Taiwan before the end of October.

    NFC Forum adds new members

    August 25th, 2015

    The NFC Forum has added new associate, implementer and non-profit members, following the recent addition of Apple as a sponsor member. “Representing industries as diverse as automotive electronics, digital imaging, microelectronics and asset management, the 19 new members include organisations based in Austria, Belarus, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US,” the association says. (See the full list of new members here…)

    Billing System brings OTI NFC readers to Japan

    June 18th, 2015

    Payment service provider Billing System is to offer On Track Innovations’ (OTI) suite of NFC readers and devices to Japanese retailers, vending machine operators and taxi companies. “Japan’s current cashless payment settlement infrastructure, Felica, is unique to the domestic market and not compatible with international NFC services,” the companies say. “These settlement services are based on international standards.”

    NTT Docomo rolls out Fido biometrics platform in Japan

    May 26th, 2015

    NTT Docomo has become the world’s first mobile network operator (MNO) to deploy Fido authentication throughout its network, allowing it to replace passwords for millions of customers across its services with a range of enhanced… More

    Japanese carrier to secure mobile payments with iris scanning phone

    May 14th, 2015

    Japan’s largest mobile network operator NTT Docomo has unveiled an NFC smartphone that comes equipped with an iris authentication system from Fujitsu that will let owners unlock the device and authenticate mobile payments just by looking… More

    Nintendo sells 5.7m NFC figurines

    February 18th, 2015

    The US and Canada accounted for 63% of a total 5.7m NFC-enabled Nintendo Amiibo figurines sold at the end of 2014, followed by Europe in second place with 23%, Japan with 11% and Australia with 3%. “The sell-through proportion of the total shipment is approximately 70% in each of Japan, US and Canada and Europe, while it reaches 90% in Australia,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during the company’s third quarter financial results briefing.

    Line Pay launches in-app taxi service in Tokyo

    January 9th, 2015

    Japanese instant messaging giant Line has launched a taxi service in Tokyo that lets users of its app summon a cab provided by Nihon Kotsu, the largest taxi limousine rental company in the country, and pay for it using Line Pay. Line Pay was unveiled in October 2014 as a mobile payment solution for in-store, online and bill-splitting and was launched in December.

    KDDI releases Japan’s first Firefox OS smartphone

    January 5th, 2015

    Japan’s KDDI has launched an LTE smartphone with NFC that runs Mozilla’s Firefox OS, the open mobile platform advocated by the Firefox browser maker. The LG Fx0 offers a 4.7-inch HD screen and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor running Firefox OS 2.0, the latest version of Mozilla’s operating system. More

    Line Pay makes debut

    December 17th, 2014

    Line Pay, the mobile payments service unveiled in October by Tokyo-based instant messaging service Line, has made its global debut with the release of version 4.8.0 of the Line app. “At the first stage of its release, Line Pay will only support payments on Line Store,” the company explains. “Select Line Pay when paying on Line Store to open the Line Pay service, then simply select a credit card to pay with to complete the purchase.”

    Nintendo 3DS gets NFC

    December 10th, 2014

    A Nintendo 3DS system update has enabled the NFC capabilities built into the latest Japan-only edition of the handheld games console, Nintendo Life reports. The update makes it possible for players to use the 3DS’s NFC reader to pay for downloaded games with a standard contactless card and also lets players use Amiibo NFC figures with both the 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U for the first time. A Japanese language video produced by Nintendo shows how the service works.

    Saatchi & Saatchi designs beacon loyalty rewards for Japan’s TenTen Technologies

    November 21st, 2014

    Japanese startup TenTen Technologies is to offer retailers USB-based Bluetooth beacons that plug into POS terminals and vending machines so that rewards can be issued automatically to users of the company’s mobile app when they… More

    Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports

    November 18th, 2014

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that use energy harvesting technology to avoid the need to change batteries have been installed by Japan Airlines (JAL) at 13 major Japanese airports to provide users of its JAL… More

    Core Jewels offers diamond rings with NFC

    October 22nd, 2014

    Tokyo-based jeweller Core Jewels is taking orders for the world’s first high-end diamond jewellery products that come equipped with NFC. NFC-enabled items in the ‘One’ range include rings, necklaces and charms made of gold and… More

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