Payments Landscape in Japan: Opportunities and Risks to 2022

GlobalData’s "Payments Landscape in Japan: Opportunities and Risks to 2022", report provides detailed analysis of market trends in the Japanese cards and payments industry. It provides values and volumes for a number of key performance indicators in the industry, including cash, credit transfers, cards, and cheques during the review-period (2013-17e).

The report also analyzes various payment card markets operating in the industry, and provides detailed information on the number of cards in circulation, transaction values and volumes during the review-period and over the forecast-period (2018e-22f). It also offers information on the country's competitive landscape, including the market shares of issuers and schemes.

The report brings together GlobalData’s research, modeling, and analysis expertise to allow banks and card issuers to identify segment dynamics and competitive advantages. The report also covers details of regulatory policy and recent changes in the regulatory structure.

This report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights into the Japanese cards and payments industry, including –

– Current and forecast values for each market in the Japanese cards and payments industry, including debit and credit cards.

– Detailed insights into payment instruments including cash, credit transfers, cheques, and cards. It also, includes an overview of the country's key alternative payment instruments.

– E-commerce market analysis.

– Analysis of various market drivers and regulations governing the Japanese cards and payments industry.

– Detailed analysis of strategies adopted by banks and other institutions to market debit and credit cards.


– To reduce dependence on cash, in April 2018 the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released the Cashless Vision document, with recommendations to achieve at least a 40% cashless payment ratio by 2025. In this regard, the Cashless Promotion Association was established in July 2018, which aims to promote electronics payments in the country through various initiatives including the standardization of QR-code payments, raising awareness of electronic payments among individuals and businesses, promotion of cashless payments at self service kiosks, and the development and maintenance of cashless statistics.

– Due to rising demand among consumers and businesses in Japan, a new extension to the current Zengin System was made available in 2018, to allow after-hours faster payment transaction capability. Instant transfers are now possible 24/7 at the majority of financial institutions across Japan. Over 70% of Japanese banks have enrolled to use the new payment system. Unlike the earlier system, which allowed same-day money transfers in a specified time on weekdays, the new system now enables bank transfers throughout the day, including Saturdays and Sundays.

– To benefit from the growing preference for alternative payments, banks and payment service providers are launching new payment solutions, particularly QR-based solutions. In October 2018, the mobile payment solution PayPay was launched by the India-based payments firm Paytm, in a joint venture with SoftBank and Yahoo Japan. This solution enables users to make QR-based payments at merchant stores using their mobile phone. Previously, in September 2018, Amazon also launched its payments solution Amazon Pay in Japan, which enables users to make online payments using the stored payment card details, as well as QR-based in-store payments. In March 2019, Mizuho Bank launched the payment solution J-Coin Pay in cooperation with 60 other financial institutions; this solution enables users to make fund transfers and payments directly from their bank accounts.

Reasons to buy

– Make strategic business decisions, using top-level historic and forecast market data, related to the Japanese cards and payments industry and each market within it.

– Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities in the Japanese cards and payments industry.

– Assess the competitive dynamics in the Japanese cards and payments industry.

– Gain insights into marketing strategies used for various card types in Japan.

– Gain insights into key regulations governing the Japanese cards and payments industry.

Companies mentioned

Japan Post Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Mizuho Financial Group

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Resona Holdings


Credit Saison

Aeon Credit Service

Credit Saison


Shinsei Bank





American Express

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Card-based Payments

E-commerce Payments

Alternative Payments

Payment Innovations

Payments Infrastructure & Regulation



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