Apple Pay to arrive in Japan

Tech giant Apple has unveiled plans to introduce its mobile payment system Apple Pay in Japan.

Apple Pay to arrive in Japan

Beginning in October, the payment solution will allow iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 users to make purchases in stores anywhere Suica, iD or QUICPay is accepted. Suica is a prepaid e-money card from JR East (East Japan Railway Company).

In a company blog post, Apple said that its payment solution will be accepted anywhere Suica is available, so users can make quick purchases or reload a Suica card or commuter pass, all with their iPhone.

The newly launched devices sold in Japan will support FeliCa Type-F NFC contactless technology.

Additionally, the firm is launching support for transit in Japan with Maps in iOS 10, so commuters can find ride details, including fare breakdowns. It will allow users to map out and pay for their entire commute, including major train, subway, ferry and national bus lines, with the devices.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “We are incredibly excited to bring iPhone 7 to customers in Japan so they can experience the magic of Apple Pay.

“Apple Pay will transform your daily routine, from making your commute easier and more convenient than ever with Suica right on your iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, to using your favorite cards to make secure and private purchases with a single touch.”

East Japan Railway president and CEO Tetsuro Tomita said: “For iPhone 7, we redesigned an entirely new experience from the ground up so our customers can enjoy the ease and security of using Apple Pay while commuting, in our app and in stores with Suica.”

In addition to Apple Stores in Japan, Apple Pay will also be accepted by major retailers and convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Circle K, Family Mart, Lawson, Ministop and Sunkus, supermarkets such as AEON, APITA and PIAGO, gas stations including ENEOS and Esso Mobil General, retailers like BicCamera, Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Uniqlo, and local brands such as JapanTaxi and Sukiya.