Tokyo, Japan was the sixth most visited city by Singaporeans in 2018.
Good news for everyone who wants to travel to the popular travel destination: Singtel Dash users can now make cashless payments using their mobile wallet in Japan.
On July 25th, Singtel announced its partnership with the Japanese technology company Netstars, which operates the StarPay payment network.
StarPay is used by over 100,000 merchants across Japan, and each of its terminals can already accept QR code payments from mobile wallets such as Line Pay, Rakuten Pay, Alipay and WeChat Pay.
This makes Japan the second market to join Singtel’s cross-border mobile payment alliance VIA.
Last October, Singtel VIA debuted with its first launch in Thailand.
Through the collaboration with the Thai mobile operator AIS and Thailand’s largest digital bank Kasikornbank, Singtel Dash users can make cashless payments in over 1.6 million stores in Thailand.
As the alliance expands, both Singtel Dash and AIS GLOBAL Pay users from Singapore and Thailand can now use QR codes to pay in their own currency in Japan.
However, it’s currently only available in a few locations, including 37 stores at Haneda Airport, five stores at Narita Airport, and the Narita Gateway Hotel.
Singtel says it will later release VIA in the rest of Tokyo and “other popular tourist destinations like Osaka, Kyoto and Hokkaido”.
The acceptance points include convenience stores, restaurants and department stores.
Japan’s launch of VIA comes ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to give tourists the familiarity and convenience of paying with their local mobile wallets.
Beyond Thailand and Japan, Arthur Lang, CEO of Singtel International Group, said they “will be announcing more wallets to join the VIA alliance in the coming months.”
These include K Plus from Kasikornbank from Thailand, Boost Malaysia from Axiata Digital and LinkAja from Indonesia.
The upcoming expansion plans are set to help VIA reach around 40 million mobile wallet users and 2.1 million merchants in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.
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