Apple Pay and Android Pay launch in Japan

Rival mobile wallets Android Pay and Apple Pay are set to fight it out in Japan.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has teamed up with Google to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in Japan this autumn.

The service will incorporate debit cards issued by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and credit cards from Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos by the end of the year.

Google is also said to be in talks with the East Japan Railway Company, Rakuten, NTT Docomo, JCB and others to make their card readers compatible with the mobile service.

Meanwhile, Apple Pay is expected to also launch in Japan this autumn (along with Russia and New Zealand).

However, Apple Pay is said to be using a different technology from NFC, called Felica, which has been developed by Sony and is more popular in Japan. The technology will be integrated into future iPhones and Apple Watches.