With only one-fifth of transactions taking place by card payment, many small and medium-sized Japanese businesses don’t have in-store credit card and mobile payment processing terminals.

But the rising number of Chinese tourists who outnumber all other foreign visitors to Japan in numbers and spending only expect to make cashless payments.

As a result, major payment companies such as AliPay, Amazon Pay, Line, Yahoo Japan and domestic banks are moving in to help attract high-spending Chinese visitors. One option is the use of QR codes, and one player is making headway in Japan, TakeMePay, a multi-payment app service, which allows users such as restaurants, retailers, railways, attractions and tour operators accept multiple payment networks across Alipay, WeChat Pay, Visa, MasterCard and Apple Pay among others.

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