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Apple Pay is arriving in Japan to make commuting easier

Tyrone Stewart

Apple PayApple will be rolling out Apple Pay to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 users in Japan in October this year.

The introduction of Apple Pay to Japan will enable owners of the Apple devices to use their Suica cards, Japan’s contactless smart card for train fares and stores, to make purchases through their phones.

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

Apple has also announced that it will launch support for transit in Japan with Maps in iOS 10. From October, to accompany the Suica card, Apple Pay users will be able to map out and pay for their entire commute through their device based on updated fare and schedule information.

In addition to Suica, Apple Pay will also support several popular Japanese credit and prepaid cards issued by Aeon, Credit Saiso, JCB, Toyota Finance, and more, as well as carriers KDDI, NTT Docomo and Softbank. It will also support major global and domestic networks like American Express, Mastercard, iD and QuicPay.

Retailers that will accept Apple Pay include 7-Eleven, Family Mart, Aeon, Esso Mobil General, Uniqlo, and more.