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Android Pay set for launch in Japan

31 AUG 2016

Google’s Android Pay will debut in Japan as soon as the autumn through a partnership with financial services giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial, according to Nikkei.

The news follows a report last week that rival Apple Pay could be coming to Japan in September.

Initially, Android Pay will enable debit cards issued by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to be added to its wallet. The payment service will be available to users of certain Android smartphones. The aim is to add credit cards issued by Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos before the end of the year.

But the partnership is not exclusive and the aim is to add other Japanese financial institutions soon.

In addition, Google is in talks with East Japan Railway, NTT Docomo, as well as e-commerce firm Rakuten and credit card firm JCB as it looks to spread Android Pay more widely.

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Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including...

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