FamilyMart will broaden the types of foreign credit cards that can be used to pay for purchases at its stores in Japan starting next month, adding popular issuers in China and South Korea.
The convenience store chain will begin accepting payments made with three types of cards — China’s UnionPay card, which is carried by many foreigners visiting Japan; Shinhan Card, which is the most-issued credit card in South Korea; and Discover Card, the third-most-popular card in the U.S.
Starting Feb. 1, new ATMs will be installed in some 4,000 stores that will enable customers with the Ginren Card to withdraw Japanese currency. At the same time, automated foreign exchange machines will be installed to let customers convert foreign currency into yen.
The moves, which are intended to attract foreigners to stores, come in anticipation of strong shopping demand by visitors to Japan during the Lunar New Year in February, when many foreigners visit the country.
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