While there is now a fairly decent list of mobile payment options to choose from including Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, those payment solutions are still only in their rolling out phase. That is, they have yet to hit all markets and as time passes, are slowly becoming available in different regions. Take for instance, Android Pay, which now seems to be available (or about to be) in Canada. Speaking of which, Google has today announced that Android Pay is also now available in Japan.
Staring from today, residents in Japan will be able to download the Android Pay app from the Google Play Store and start paying for their purchases with their Android smartphone. However, at the moment Android Pay is only launching with Rakuten Edy as its first and only payment option. For those unfamiliar with Rakuten Edy, this is a prepaid payment solution so users will either need to already have a Rakuten Edy account or set one up within the Android Pay app. Once set up, the Rakuten Edy account can be topped up online, in stores which offer top ups for Rakuten Edy or again, through the app. Once the credit has been applied to the account and the account is linked with Android Pay, the credit will be able to be used as normal through Android Pay.
While the payment support is a little limited at the moment in Japan, Google does note that throughout 2017 more payment providers will be added, with the announcement specifically noting that Google is working with the likes of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Visa and MasterCard, on adding support. In the meantime though, Google also points out that with Rakuten Edy support, users in Japan will be able to pay at more than 470,000 locations across the country. While the list of retailers is pretty substantial, Google has highlighted a number of those which are likely to be of particular interest, including Bic Camera, Family Mart, Lawson, McDonald's and Yodobashi Camera. To mark the latest migration of Android Pay, Google Japan has released a new video showcasing Android Pay and citing a few of the examples of how it can be used in Japan. You can check out the new video in full below.