Japan to unify mobile payment codes, enlisting Chinese giants – Nikkei Asian Review

What happened: Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent are among the five internet companies that will help Japan standardize QR code payment.

Other companies also taking part in this endeavor include Japanese messaging service Line, e-commerce platform Mercari, and mobile carrier NTT Docomo.

Why it’s important: Mobile payment has become increasingly popular in Japan, but it is fragmented.

There are more than a dozen payment service providers in the space and each has its own QR code standard.

China’s leadership in cashless payments has nurtured homegrown payment companies which are eager to make inroads into other countries.

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