Apple Pay Arrives in Japan

Apple Pay today launched in Japan, one of Apple’s most important markets and home to population of 127 million souls. Marking its twelfth major market, Apple Pay permits Japanese customers to make private credit and prepaid card purchases in stores, online and in apps, plus commute and pay for everyday items with Suica from JR East.

To support the service, Apple today issued the free iOS 10.1 software update which has enabled support for transit directions in Japan to help users find ride details, including fare breakdowns that automatically show Suica pricing on their device.


As far as card issues go, Apple Pay in Japan is supported by many institutes, including JCB, View Card, American Express, Orico, Aeon Financial, MasterCard, and many others.

Apple Pay in Japan was only possible due to supporting the FeliCa mobile payments standard in the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch 2.

The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 models sold in Japan feature hardware support for FeliCa Type-F NFC contactless technology. FeliCa technology is used for more than 160 million transactions across Japan.

In addition to using an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus or Apple Watch Series 2 to make purchases in many of the country’s largest stores, at neighborhood shops and restaurants and at transportation facilities, other devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 and other can be used to make payments within apps and from their favorite online merchants such as BASE, Demae-Can, giftee, Jalan.net, JapanTaxi, minne and Toho Cinema.


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