Japan-based LINE Pay now supports Apple Pay for store purchases

Wednesday 23 December 2020 15:07 CET | News

LINE Pay, a mobile money transfer and payment service developed on the Japan-based communication app LINE, has informed that it started supporting Apple Pay.

The mobile wallet LINE Pay is accepted in more than 1.21 million stores across Japan, with users now able to pay with their balance via Apple's payment mechanism. The support for LINE Pay adds an extra contactless payment option to the service, through the use of Apple Pay. LINE Pay is extensively used for daily payments of goods and services in stores, and it is linked to the dominant LINE messaging app that is popular in the country. 

According to Apple Insider, the new support means consumers will be able to use the iPhone or Apple Watch to perform an NFC transaction without launching the LINE app itself. Besides this, support for QR codes will continue to be offered. 

Apple Pay has been available in Japan since 2016, though it had initial teething troubles with Suica transit cards, and it is supported by over 100 banks and card issuers. In October 2020, Apple Pay Express Transit was supported by contactless payment system PASMO, allowing for it to be used for public transport transactions without unlocking the iPhone or Apple Watch beforehand.

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Keywords: Line Pay, money transfer, payment service, Japan, Line, Apple Pay, mobile wallet, NFC, QR code
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: Japan
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