Apple Pay Express Transit now supported by Japan’s PASMO card

Contactless payment system PASMO recently activated support for Apple Pay and Apple’s Express Transit feature, enabling users to utilize a range of public transportation options without unlocking their iPhone or Apple Watch.

As detailed in an explainer posted to the PASMO website, the smart IC card can be provisioned and managed in the Wallet app on devices running at least iOS 14 or watchOS 7.

Similar to JR East’s Suica transit card, PASMO can be used as a touchless payment option on buses and trains across the country. Users can also buy snacks, drinks and other items at compatible vending machines and certain shops that accept IC cards. Further, PASMO enjoys interoperability with Suica, which gained Apple Pay support in 2016.

In addition to Apple Pay integration that allows card holders to refill PASMO balances within the Wallet app, the payment system supports Apple’s Express Transit feature.

When activated in Wallet, Express Transit enables riders to simply tap their iPhone or connected Apple Watch on an active turnstile or payment point to enter train stations and buses without first unlocking the device. The functionality has been adopted by major transit authorities including New York’s MTA, the LA Metro, and Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as well as Hong Kong’s Octopus Card.

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Japan’s Sony and Kioxia seeking U.S. approval to supply to Huawei – Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is pictured at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp and memory chipmaker Kioxia Holdings Corp have applied for U.S. approval to continue supplying Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Nikkei reported on Sunday.

If confirmed, the move follows other tech companies such as Intel Corp that recently received licences from U.S. authorities.

With U.S.-China ties at their worst in decades, Washington has been pushing governments around to world to squeeze out Huawei, arguing that the telecoms giant would transfer data to the Chinese government for espionage.

Huawei is one of the top customers for Sony’s image sensors for smartphones. Kioxia Holdings Corp is the world’s No. 2 maker of flash memory chips and a Huawei supplier.

Nikkei here said without U.S. licenses, Sony and Kioxia would face risk to their earnings.

Kioxia warned that U.S. curbs on Huawei could trigger memory chip oversupply and lower prices. It recently shelved a plan for a multi-billion dollar listing as U.S-China tensions cloud the global chip market.

A Sony spokeswoman said the company was in compliance with all regulations, but could not comment on particular clients.

A Kioxia spokesman also declined to comment.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Ju-min Park; Editing by Dan Grebler

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Japan’s Sony and Kioxia seeking U.S. approval to supply to Huawei: Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen at the IFA consumer technology fair, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp and memory chipmaker Kioxia Holdings Corp have applied for U.S. approval to continue supplying Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Nikkei reported on Sunday.

If confirmed, the move follows other tech companies such as Intel Corp that recently received licences from U.S. authorities.

With U.S.-China ties at their worst in decades, Washington has been pushing governments around to world to squeeze out Huawei, arguing that the telecoms giant would transfer data to the Chinese government for espionage.

Huawei is one of the top customers for Sony’s image sensors for smartphones. Kioxia Holdings Corp is the world’s No. 2 maker of flash memory chips and a Huawei supplier.

Nikkei here said without U.S. licenses, Sony and Kioxia would face risk to their earnings.

Kioxia warned that U.S. curbs on Huawei could trigger memory chip oversupply and lower prices. It recently shelved a plan for a multi-billion dollar listing as U.S-China tensions cloud the global chip market.

A Sony spokeswoman said the company was in compliance with all regulations, but could not comment on particular clients.

A Kioxia spokesman also declined to comment.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Ju-min Park; Editing by Dan Grebler

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Japan’s Rakuten offers $30 5G plans in industry shakeup

By Sam Nussey



a sign on the side of a building: The logo of Rakuten is pictured at the headquarters of Rakuten in Tokyo


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The logo of Rakuten is pictured at the headquarters of Rakuten in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Rakuten Inc launched low price 5G services via its cloud-based mobile network on Wednesday in a challenge to rival carriers under fire for high prices that could shake up the telecoms industry globally.

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The start of the next-generation service follows the launch of Rakuten’s 4G services in April in a network based on cloud-based software and commoditized hardware that the e-commerce firm says has radically slashed entry costs.

Rakuten is offering 5G plans for the same price as its existing plan – 2,980 yen ($28) before tax per month. CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said that price point is around 70% lower than larger rivals which began 5G services earlier this year.

The launch comes as Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has renewed attacks on industry prices and a day after NTT launched a buyout of top wireless carrier NTT Docomo in a deal it said would facilitate lower prices.

If government pressure yields results, falling telecom prices at its peers could erode the appeal of Rakuten’s plan, which it hopes will bring customers to its other services.

Analysts also question whether the service can rival the heavy spending of cash-rich rivals and if consumers are willing to accept patchier coverage for low prices.

The network has backing from vendors across the industry in a shakeup of traditional supply chains.

Rakuten hopes the 5G network will act as a showcase for the technology, attracting other companies to build their own networks with a service dubbed the Rakuten Communications Platform.

(Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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Japan’s NTT to spend $38B to buy out, take DoCoMo private

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MITO, Japan (AP) — Japanese telecoms giant Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, or NTT, announced Tuesday it will spend 4.3 trillion yen ($38 billion) to buy out and take private its mobile unit NTT DoCoMo in one of the largest ever deals of its kind.

NTT and NTT DoCoMo executives released details of the plan Tuesday.

The move is intended to enhance the competitiveness of the NTT group as it consolidates its services, said NTT’s CEO Jun Sawada.


“We want to be a game changer,” Sawada said.