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Rakuten Edy and TF Payment Service Develop Japan's First e-Money Payment Platform Using Osaifu-Keitai® Featured Smartphone
- Rakuten Edy can be used at open air sports events and for delivery services -

April 17, 2014

Rakuten Edy, Inc.

TF Payment Service Co., Ltd.

Rakuten Edy, Inc. ( Head Office: Shinagawa-ku,Tokyo Representative Director and President: Masayuki Hosaka Rakuten Edy hereunder) and TF Payment Service Co., Ltd (Head Office: Minato-ku,Tokyo Representative Director and President: Jiro Kurobane TFPS hereunder) a group company of Toppan Forms Co.,Ltd. that provides payment platform service, jointly developed a platform that uses e-Money "Rakuten Edy" on smartphones equipped with "Osaifu-Keitai®" (smartphone hereunder) which enables them, for the first time in Japan, to become e-money payment terminals without having to use dedicated devices.

The service will initially commence on April 18 (Fri) during the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles game operated by Rakuten Baseball, Inc. At limited vending stands* in "Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi", beers can be purchased by Rakuten Edy using a smartphone that acts as an e-money payment terminal. By summer of 2014, it will be deployed in all parts of the stadium.

The service is enabled by combining payment apps using read function of "Osaifu-Keitai®" featured smartphone and "Thincacloud" cloud platform. The merchant can turn a normal smartphone into an e-money payment terminal by signing on to the Rakuten Edy merchant contract and downloading the app.

Wider adoptions are expected at open space events and for transportation/delivery services. TFPS, in the future, plans to popularize the new e-money payment method that utilizes the smartphone by allowing apps to be downloaded from digital contents distribution services such as Google Play™.

Both companies, in the future, plan to provide e-money payment environment utilizing normal smartphone as payment terminal in various situations.

  • * Limited to area behind the net

Reference Information

■NFC(Near Field Communication:ISO/IEC18092,21481)
NXP Semiconductors which provides over 2 billion "MIFARE" worldwide and SONY Corporation which provides 400 million "FeliCa" mainly in Japan and Asia co-developed the 13.56MHz Near Field Wireless Communication Standard that was certified as International Standard (ISO/IEC) in December 2003.
[NFC Basic Features]
  • 1,Card Emulation
    Operates as "FeliCa" and "MIFARE" smart card .
  • 2,Reader/Writer Emulation
    Operates as "FeliCa" and "MIFARE" reader writer.
  • 3,Device to Device Communication
    Two way communications can be conducted between NFC compatible devices without any complex verification process between them.
    Also, verification can be conducted by NFC first and then after communication can be handed over to faster Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication.
■ Rakuten Edy, Inc.
  • HQ Address
    4-12-3 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku Tokyo
  • Established
    January 18, 2001
  • Representative
    Representative Director and President Masayuki Hosaka
  • Business Domain
    Planning and operation of prepaid e-Money service "Rakuten Edy"
    Development of prepaid e-money cards issuers and merchants.
    Rakuten Edy brand management
  • URL
■TF Payment Service Co., Ltd.
  • HQ Address
    1-7-3 Higashi Shimbashi,Minato-ku,Tokyo
  • Established
    December 2011
  • Representative
    Representative Director and President Jiro Kurobane
  • Business Domain
    Planning, Designing, and Development of Information System and Communication Network using Internet・Commerce using Internet Operation outsourcing and payment collection Operation outsourcing, and surrounding operations
  • URL
  • * "Rakuten Edy" is a prepaid e-money of Rakuten Group
  • * "Osaifu-Keitai®" is a registered trademark of NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
  • * "Thincacloud" is a registered trademark of Toppan Forms Co., Ltd.
  • * "FeliCa" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
  • * "FeliCa" is a contact-less smart card technology
  • * "Google Play™" is a trademark or registered trademark of Google Inc.
  • * Company, product, and service names indicated are registered trademark or trademark of each company.
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