Apple Pay and Express Transit Mode Now Support PASMO Transit Cards in Japan

Japanese smart payment system PASMO today announced that it has launched support for Apple Pay, allowing users to pay for transit fares and other transactions using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Express Transit is also supported, which allows users to quickly pass through transit gates without having to wake or unlock their devices or authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID.


PASMO is similar to and interoperable with Suica, a transit system that has been compatible with Apple Pay and Express Transit mode for several years. PASMO is accepted on a number of train lines and bus lines in numerous areas of Japan, although it is most prevalent in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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3 weeks ago


Next, Apple takes all competing Suica apps off iOS, and everyone here defends Apple by saying it's their phone, and they can do whatever they want.

Huh? Do you even know what Suica is?
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3 weeks ago
mind boggling as to why it took this long
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3 weeks ago


mind boggling as to why it took this long

Welcome to Japan, land of the future, where Apple Pay is pretty much useless, many places still don't accept Visa or MasterCard, and I cannot pay for my mobile phone subscription with a debit card ?‍♂️
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3 weeks ago


Welcome to Japan, land of the future, where Apple Pay is pretty much useless, many places still don't accept Visa or MasterCard, and I cannot pay for my mobile phone subscription with a debit card ?‍♂️

Dunno, I've found Suica via Apple Pay NFC to be super awesome while using the subways.
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3 weeks ago


Welcome to Japan, land of the future, where Apple Pay is pretty much useless, many places still don't accept Visa or MasterCard, and I cannot pay for my mobile phone subscription with a debit card ?‍♂️

Well, Visa / MasterCard are acceptable in most large shops, but honestly I prefer cash when needed to save a hassle.
Also I often paying with Suica / Nanaco card when eating (sukiya, etc). They accepted vast type of 電子マネー (e-money in Western terms maybe?) and that's why credit cards are less prevalent for locals.

So those cards are not just for paying train / bus fare but quite multi purpose, from vending machine, eating, shopping, as they have suica logo displayed, it ca be used for payment.
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3 weeks ago


It depends what you mean by 'interchangeably'. Because the value is stored on the card it can only exist in one place at a time, so watch or phone but not both concurrently. You can move the card between watch and phone as often as you like.

It’s a major pain in the ass. When I forget my Apple Watch I have to log into my Apple account via the web browser to be able to change Suica back to my phone and it takes ages. I think it’s pretty quick if you have the watch on you, but when you’re without it it’s a hassle. Really wish they’d make the switch easier.
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