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Rakuten Card introduces Apple Pay

Japan’s Rakuten Card Co has introduced Apple Pay for its customers.

Since launching in 2005, Rakuten Card has introduced such initiatives as no annual fees and high loyalty-point rewards. It topped the list for the credit-card category in last year’s Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index (JCSI) for the seventh year running.

To use the new Apple Pay service in stores, users need to tell the cashier they want to use QuicPay, then simply place their Apple device near the contactless reader. With the touch of a finger on Touch ID, the payment is complete.

For Rakuten Card cardholders with JCB and Mastercard brands, online shopping in apps and on websites accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger on Touch ID. They can also use the e-money card Suica with their Apple device, and use their JCB and Mastercard branded Rakuten Card to recharge their Suica balance or buy railway tickets with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay can also be used via the Safari browser on Mac computers running the Sierra operating system, confirming payment with their Apple device.

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