September 20, 2019
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that it has released on its website a map application for smartphones and an online map function for computers in order to help users find stores participating in the Project for Encouraging Businesses to Introduce Cashless Payment Systems and Pass on Benefits to Consumers. METI also released a compilation explaining the overview of major payment means, including approaches to passing on benefits to consumers and the upper limit of the benefits.
Aiming to successfully start the project from October 1, 2019, the registered cashless payment companies participating in the project and the secretariat of the project have been advancing connectivity tests between related systems and third-party assessment of security measures taken by these cashless payment companies. METI will continue to advance full-fledged preparations for starting the project from October 1, 2019, in cooperation with such companies.
1. Outline of the project
Along with the consumption tax rate hike from October 1, 2019, Japan will take measures for leveling consumer demand. As part of these measures, the Project for Encouraging Businesses to Introduce Cashless Payment Systems and Pass on Benefits to Consumers aims to support SMEs and small enterprises in passing on premium points to consumers through cashless payment means only for nine months from the start of the consumption-tax rate hike. This initiative will also be conducted from the viewpoint of improving the productivity of SMEs and enhancing consumer friendliness through introducing cashless payment systems into businesses.
2. Providing information to consumers
On September 20, 2019, METI released a map application for smartphones and an online map function for computers in order to help users find participating stores. The rate for passing on benefits to consumers and the cashless payment means subject to the project vary among participating stores. Please confirm such information through the application or function. The information on participating stores offered by the application and function will be updated from time to time.
The map application is downloadable from the following website using an Android or iOS device.
The online map function is available on the website below:
Moreover, METI formulated a compilation explaining the overview of major cashless payment means, including approaches to passing on benefits to consumers and the upper limit of the benefits and released it on the website below.
3. Security systems
The registered cashless payment companies participating in the project and the secretariat of the project have been advancing connectivity tests between related systems and third-party assessment of security measures taken by these cashless payment companies.
4. Future schedule in registering participating stores
The secretariat of the project has continued advancing examinations of applicant stores so that successfully registered stores will be able to start passing on premium points to consumers from October 1, 2019, if an applicant store files an application by September 6, 2019, a related cashless payment company completes submission of all necessary information and documents without any deficiency, and the applicant store satisfies all requirements for participating stores. Around the latter half of the fourth week in September 2019, the secretariat will release the number of registered stores which will start their participation in the project from October 1, 2019.
Concerning the applicant stores from which the secretariat has received applications on and after September 7, 2019, or the applicant stores that have been correcting their applications and other documents, the secretariat will complete the registration of these stores on October 11 or 21, 2019. Afterward, it will complete new registration of additional stores about every ten days until the end of April 2020.
5. Contact counters
For inquiries about the project, contact the following contact counters exclusively for the project. Service hours of these counters are from 10:00 to 18:00 on business days. Please feel free to contact them.Contact counter for consumers:
Telephone: 0120-010975Contact counter for SMEs and small enterprises:
Telephone: 0570-000655Contact counter for cashless payment companies:
Division in Charge
Cashless Payment Promotion Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group