Japan-based card company JCB is set to offer Apple Pay when it launches in October this year.
JCB said that the new move will enable its users to pay with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 in stores, within apps and on the web.
The QUICPay acceptance network, which was launched in 2005, can now be used for Apple Pay transactions, enabling everyday use at places, including convenience stores, supermarkets and drug stores.
For making payment using Apple Pay, users need to just place their iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus near the contactless reader, and with the touch of a finger on Touch ID, and the payment is complete.
When paying with Apple Watch Series 2, users need to double-click the side button before holding it near the reader.
JCB said that the recently launched JCB Token Platform (JTP) will play a vital role in the technology for secure mobile payments, as it replaces the original card number with a unique device specific number for Apple Pay users.
Additionally, customers can use JCB Card to pay for Suica on Apple Pay including recharging Suica balance and continue to receive rewards and benefits offered by the credit cards.
JCB president and CEO Ichiro Hamakawa said: “The payment industry is rapidly evolving with diversifying consumer needs and technological advancements.
“The simple and intuitive user experience that Apple Pay provides, together with JCB's unique position in Japan as an issuer, acquirer and payment system, will help create a new payment lifestyle that is both secure and convenient for everyday use.
“Apple Pay represents another giant step towards the realization of a cashless society. As a global brand and a pioneer in the payment industry, we are committed to supporting this trend in both Japan and abroad through our network.”