Cashless Payments Make Up Record 26.8 Pct in Japan

Politics Economy

Tokyo, June 23 (Jiji Press)--Cashless payment methods accounted for 26.8 pct of overall household consumption spending in Japan in 2019, up 2.7 percentage points year on year and hitting the highest level on record, the industry ministry said Tuesday.

Still, the share of cashless payments is lower than those in other countries, such as South Korea, China and the United States.

The ministry will encourage cashless payment service operators to keep their commission fees at low levels even after the existing government-led shopping point reward program expires at the end of this month.

Payments by credit cards made up 24.0 pct of the total household spending, up 2.1 points, although the pace of growth slowed from the 2.7 points in 2018.

The proportion of payments using quick response, or QR, codes rose to 0.31 pct from 0.05 pct. "QR codes are mainly being used to pay for small but frequent purchases," a ministry official said.

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