Japan is already crowded with mobile payments everywhere. Cards and phones are tapping everywhere across the nation and Apple Pay is trying to be a part of the ecosystem.

So is Android Pay now. It is officially supported by Rakuten Edy eMoney and can be used at fifteen chain outlets including McDonald’s, FamilyMart, Lawson, Circle K and Domino’s. Tap and pay is supported as well as loyalty cards to build up points for programs.

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It’s available for Android 4.4 devices in Japan and first-time users get a ¥400 gift. FeliCa, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitubishi, Visa and Mastercard will likely partner with Android Pay starting next year.

Meantime, Canada is getting an unofficial taste of Android Pay. Google has not announced support for the north just yet, stating that:

We’re excited to bring Android Pay to Canadians, however it is currently not available in Canada.

In that respect, it lags behind Samsung’s and Apple’s efforts there.

Nevertheless, Redditors have reported being able to get the Android Pay .APK and pair a Scotiabank SCENE/Infinite/Momentum/debit Visa card for use. Some took advantage of the compatibility for a short time before the cards stopped working all of a sudden.

Guess patience will have to pay out for Canadians.

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