Apple Pay coming to Japan

Apple is partnering with Sony to bring Apple Pay to Japan, using the latter’s FeliCa technology that is widely found at payment terminals across the country. The mobile payments service will launch next month. People will also be able to use it to tap and pay for subway and rail rides by loading the local transit card, Suica, into their digital wallet. An upgraded version of Maps in iOS 10 will also help Japanese transit riders see ride details, including fare breakdowns that will automatically show Suica pricing on their device.

The tech giant has previously partnered with local companies; in China, for instance, it worked with UnionPay to bring the service to the country.

Apple Pay will also arrive in New Zealand and Russia this autumn and will hit the web following the launch of iOS 10 13th September.

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by Scott Thompson
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