Rakuten Card to Bring Apple Pay to Customers in Japan

Tokyo : Rakuten Card Co., Ltd. today brings its customers Apple Pay, an easy, fast and secure way to make mobile payments that is private and convenient with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 throughout their day, including in transit, stores, apps and on the web*.

Since launch in July 2005, Rakuten Card has rapidly gained popularity with key initiatives such as “No annual fees,” “High loyalty point rewards” and “Loyalty points for use on all Rakuten’s diverse services.” The 2015 Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index (JCSI) ranked Rakuten Card as No. 1 for customer satisfaction in the credit card category for the seventh year running. By offering customers Apple Pay, Rakuten Card will aim to continue to increase convenience for a broad range of customers.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive rewards and benefits offered by their cards. Rakuten Card cardholders using their cards with Apple Pay will continue to enjoy the reward of one Rakuten Super Point for every 100 yen spent. To begin using Apple Pay, customers should update to the latest software for iOS, watchOS and macOS, available today as free updates.

To use Apple Pay In stores, tell the cashier you would like to pay with QUICPay, then simply place your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus near the contactless reader, and with the touch of a finger on Touch ID, the payment is complete. When paying with your Apple Watch Series 2, double-click the side button before holding it near the reader.

For Rakuten Card cardholders with the Mastercard and JCB brands, online shopping in apps and on websites accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger on Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. They can also use Suica with their iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, and use their Rakuten Card with the Mastercard and JCB brands to recharge their Suica balance or purchase railway tickets with Apple Pay. When paying for goods and services on the go in apps or Safari, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later. You can also use Apple Pay in Safari on any Mac introduced in or after 2012 with macOS Sierra and confirm the payment with iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. If your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch is ever lost, you can use Find My iPhone to put your device in Lost Mode to suspend Apple Pay, or you can wipe your device clean completely. You can also stop the ability to make payments with Apple Pay on iCloud.com.

When you use a credit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. When you use Apple Pay, your credit card number will not be shared with the merchant.

Rakuten Card will continue to work to introduce innovative and reliable new payment services that add to the range of convenient services offered to our cardholders.

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