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Android Pay debuts in Japan, teams with Rakuten's Edy

Google counters Apple's bid to tap mobile payment market

Android Pay will be accepted at the vast number of payment terminals for Rakuten's Edy e-money service.

TOKYO -- Google launches Android Pay in Japan on Tuesday, debuting the mobile payment app in a tie-up with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten.

Google's entry soon after the October arrival of Apple Pay should propel the spread of smartphone-based payments in Japan, which Nomura Research Institute predicts will more than double in value to reach 11.3 trillion yen ($98.2 billion) in 2022.

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