May 30, 2019
The Payments Japan Association (hereinafter referred to as the “association”) stipulated the specifications of new standard QR codes for QR code payment, called “JPQR,” and the association is scheduled to introduce JPQR into businesses from the summer of 2019 in sequence. Concerning JPQR, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will hold an event for disseminating JPQR and encouraging businesses to use it, bringing together QR code-payment companies and other stakeholders. This event aims to raise awareness among businesses of the significance of JPQR and the progress in METI’s preparations for introduction of JPQR into businesses.
The association formulated the specifications of new standard QR codes for QR code payment, called “JPQR,” and on March 29, 2019, released JPQR (observers of this project: METI and MIC).
METI, in collaboration with MIC and the association, has been advancing efforts for disseminating JPQR and encouraging businesses to use it, aiming to improve efficiency for both consumers and stores. As part of these efforts, on August 1, 2019, MIC will start a series of events for disseminating JPQR, titled “Project for Disseminating JPQR as Standards QR Codes” (hereinafter referred to as the “MIC Project for JPQR Dissemination”), in four prefectures: Fukuoka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture. As a side event of the project, METI and MIC decided to hold an event titled “Kickoff Event for the Project for Disseminating JPQR as Standards QR Codes,” aiming to disseminate JPQR and encourage businesses to use it, bringing together stakeholders involved in QR code payment.
2. Outline of the event
Date, time and venue
Date and time: June 22 (Sat.), 2019; from 12:30 to 15:45 (tentative)
Note: Doors and a reception counter will open at 12:00.
Venue: Shirahama Key Terrace Hotel Seamore
(Address: 1821, Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture)
- Opening remarks by the organizers, the co-organizer and the Payments Japan Association
- Photo session for the press
- Explanation of the MIC Project for JPQR Dissemination
- Speech by a guest of honor
- Demonstration of QR code payment
- Seminar on cashless payment, etc., including a presentation of achievements by the association
Participating associations (tentative):
Organizer: METI and MIC
Co-organizer: Wakayama Prefecture
Sponsor: The Payments Japan Association
Cooperators: NEC Corporation; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation; and Cyberlinks Co., Ltd.
Participating associations: NTT Docomo Inc.; Origami Inc.; KDDI Corporation; Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd.; Netstars Co., Ltd.; FamilyMart Co., Ltd.; the Bank of Fukuoka, Ltd.; PayPay Corporation; Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; Merpay, Inc.; Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd.; LINE Pay Corporation; Lawson, Inc.; Okuwa Co., Ltd.; the Kiyo Bank, Ltd.; Plus Corporation; Matsugen Co., Ltd.; the Federation of Wakayama Prefectural Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Wakayama Prefectural Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry, etc.
Contact counters for the event:
- Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (company to which MIC commissioned the MIC Project for JPQR Dissemination)
- Secretariat of the Kickoff Event for the Project for Disseminating JPQR as Standards QR Codes
3. Future schedule
METI has been advancing collaboration between the METI Project for Encouraging Businesses to Introduce Cashless Payment Systems and Pass on Benefits to Consumers (also known as the Project for Passing on Premium Points to Consumers) and the MIC Project for JPQR Dissemination. Specifically, METI additionally attaches the application form for the Project for Passing on Premium Points to Consumers to the application form for the MIC Project for JPQR Dissemination. Through this approach, stores that wish to participate in the Project for Passing on Premium Points to Consumers are smoothly and simultaneously able to submit a request for registering themselves as JPQR affiliated stores to QR-code payment companies participating in the MIC Project for JPQR Dissemination.
METI will continue to disseminate JPQR and encourage businesses to use it.
Division in Charge
Cashless Payment Promotion Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group