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Most popular payment methods in Japan 2019

According to a survey conducted in June 2019, the majority of respondents in Japan stated that they prefer the use of cash or credit cards for general payments. In 2001, an electronic money service based on smartcards was introduced by Edy (Rakuten Edy) to Japanese consumers. The corresponding IC chip system, called "FeliCa" was invented by the Sony Group. Despite the provided convenience, smartcard usage remained comparably low during the measured time period, with less than 30 percent of respondents claiming to mainly pay with smartcards.

Preferred payment methods in Japan as of June 2019

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

June 14 to 18, 2019

Number of respondents

30,000 respondents

Age group

18-69 years

Special properties

multiple answers possible

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*In Japan, there are smartcards for transportation systems, such as Suica or Pasmo, which can also be used for purchasing goods at various shops.

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