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Battle for Japan's cashless spenders heats up as mobile payments grow

Banker SMFG to introduce all-in-one payment terminal

Cafe de K in Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido no longer accepts cash. (Photo by Manami Yamada)

TOKYO -- Japanese banks hope that integrating mobile payments like Alipay and Apple Pay with other cashless methods will help them regain ground in the market and promote such options in a country where cash is still king.

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