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Line Pay strives to stand out in crowded Japan e-payment market

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Smartphone payments may become a staple of electronic transactions in Japan.

TOKYO -- Line, the company behind a messaging application of the same name, is stepping up promotion of its Line Pay mobile platform to vendors across Japan, seeking to make the payment option available at some 1 million locations by around 2020.

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