New service will be available on 1 April 2016 for all NFC-equipped smartphones from NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SoftBank

Tokyo, 1 April 2016MasterCard, together with JACCS Card, announced today the launch of a new mobile payment service, the first for MasterCard in Japan. Powered by MasterCard contactless technology, MasterCard is enabling secure, convenient mobile payments for Japanese cardholders with NFC-equipped smartphones issued by NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SoftBank.

Starting from 1 April 2016, cardholders can sign up with JACCS MasterCard Contactless Mobile at the JACCS Card website (www.jaccs.co.jp). Once they have signed up, cardholders can use their mobile wallets at any contactless-enabled payment terminal in Japan. For this service, personal information such as credit card numbers will be delivered to the mobile application via “TOPPAN SP-TSM”[1], a service provided by Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Nandan Mer, Division President, MasterCard Japan said: “Mobile phones are fast becoming the go-to devices that Japanese consumers are using to manage all aspects of their digital lives, and this includes banking and making payments. Together with our partner JACCS Card, we couldn’t be more excited to bring this new service to local cardholders to meet their growing desire for convenient, secure and seamless payment options to suit their modern lifestyle.”

The launch of this service is one of the many projects MasterCard and JACCS Card have collaborated on as part of their decade-long partnership. These include embarking on pilot projects to enable contactless payments on NFC-equipped cellular phones and NFC-equipped smartphones, and they launched a contactless credit card in July 2014. The companies will continue to leveraging their local knowledge and expertise to deliver innovative contactless payment solutions for Japanese cardholders that are:

  • SAFER: Encryption – unique to every transaction – protects cardholder data, and since the card or device never leaves the cardholders’ hand, it also reduces the risk of card loss or counterfeiting. MasterCard also has safeguards in place that ensure cardholders are not charged twice in the event the payment card is accidentally tapped twice. With the recent expansion of MasterCard’s global Zero Liability promise, cardholders can have greater confidence when paying with their MasterCard.
  • MORE EFFICIENT: MasterCard contactless technology makes payment and checkout more seamless and efficient with a simple tap of the card, eliminating the need to fumble for cash and coins or wait for change.
  • FLEXIBLE: MasterCard’s goal is to make every device a commerce device and thus, is working tirelessly to enable simple, seamless and secure payments in a variety of forms including as mini-cards, stickers, key fobs, mobile devices and, in more recent months, wearable devices. The launch of the JACCS MasterCardContactless mobile wallet turns contactless-enabled smartphones into payment devices thereby reducing the need to carry a physical wallet.

Mr. Mer said, “As we continue to see a significant growth in smartphone use in Japan, MasterCard will continue to pave the way towards a World Beyond Cash, and bring innovations that allow cardholders to pay at the speed of life.”

Since its introduction in the U.S. in 2005, cardholders can use their MasterCard contactless cards or devices at over 4 million merchant locations worldwide in 74 countries, a number which has nearly doubled over the past two years. In 2015, the number of contactless users increased 71 percent year-on-year across the globe. The growing preference for faster and more convenient shopping experiences underscores MasterCard’s commitment to innovation and working with partners to meet the needs of consumers worldwide.

MasterCard contactless is compliant with type A/B of ISO/IEC14443 standards, and is a global standard contactless IC payment service available all over the world.

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Contacts:
Miki Koiwai, MasterCard, miki_koiwai@mastercard.com, +81 03 5728 5237
Ko Enomoto, Weber Shandwick, kenomoto@webershandwick.com, +81 03 5427 7326
Maho Sato, Weber Shandwick, m.sato@webershandwick.com, +81 03 5427 7383
Kayo Kojima, Weber Shandwick, kkojima@webershandwick.com, +81 03 5427 7403

[1] SP-TSM: Service Provider-Trusted Service Manager. A service to deliver function such as contactless credit, electronic money, and membership card, to NFC equipped smart phones.