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Japan Entering the Era of Cashless Payments

SNA (Tokyo) — Japan wants to make the move to cashless payments. In 2015, over 80% of transactions in Japan used cash. In China, many people already pay with their phones through services like Alipay. Japan’s government hopes to attract money-spending tourists by promoting these services in Japan. A major part of the cash-free movement is the Suica card, a reloadable train pass which can now be used to make purchases from many stores and vending machines, including a prototype cash and cashierless kiosk at Akabane Station.

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