Japan

PayPal Makes Japanese BNPL Play With Paidy Acquisition for US$2.7 Billion

PayPal announced that it has agreed to acquire Paidy, a Japanese buy now pay later solutions (BNPL), for ¥300 billion (approximately US$2.7 billion) and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. The acquisition will expand

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Coinbase Inks Deal With MUFG To Set Up a Crypto Exchange in Japan

US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has signed a deal with banking giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) to begin digital asset trading in Japan. “Our partnership with MUFG will help millions of people in Japan access our platform quickly and begin

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Hong Kong’s EMQ Increases Remittance Transaction Value in Japan

EMQ, Hong Kong-based financial settlement network, announced the launch of its high transaction value cross-border settlements in Japan. This launch will enable global businesses to send a maximum of JPY30 million directly into local banks. This enhancement further expands their

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In Japan, COVID-19 Puts a Brake on Merchant Cashless Payments Adoption

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic turmoil have put a brake on merchant adoption of cashless payments, according to a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The Japanese government launched a cashless incentive program last year to sustain

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Stripe Opens Tokyo Office After Deepening Partnership with JCB

Stripe, the online payment infrastructure provider powering the likes Amazon, Facebook, Shopify, Zoom, Slack today announced opening of an engineering office in Tokyo, which will focus on building more features and capabilities to meet the specific needs of Japanese businesses.

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China’s UnionPay QR Now Inoperable with Japan’s Universal Payment QR

UnionPay announced that it has become the first international payment brand to be included in Japan’s universal payment QR standard known as JPQR. In 2018, the Japanese government put forward a plan to build a cash-free society. To make it

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A Look at Line and Nomura’s Zero-Commission Online Brokerage in Japan

Line Securities Corporation, a joint venture between Asian financial services group Nomura Holdings and Line Financial Corporation, the financial services arm of Internet firm Line Corporation, has launched a new mobile investment service targeted at younger, digital-savvy generations. The new

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LINE Pay Begins Integrating WeChat Pay

LINE Pay Corporation, operator of the LINE Pay mobile money transfer and payment service available on the LINE messaging app, announced recently that its merchants have been integrating WeChat Pay since early August. Once system integration is complete, WeChat Pay

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Sony and Daiwa Want Their Newly Launched Startup Fund to Hit 20 Bil Yen

Sony and Daiwa Capital announced the establishment of Innovation Growth Ventures (IGV), a joint venture company created to establish a joint investment fund. IGV has recently completed the first Limited Partner commitment for its Innovation Growth Fund, set up for

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Top 10 Fintech Startups In Japan

In 2018 and early 2019, the Japanese fintech market witnessed significant developments. Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) published a report in December 2018 which proposed new regulatory requirements for virtual currency exchange service providers and a new regulatory framework for

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