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Japan's Line Pay throws down gauntlet to Alipay

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28-Jun-18 Japanese chat app operator Line unveiled a new service aimed at spreading mobile payment across Japan, in the most potent challenge yet by a Japanese operator to the dominant Chinese mobile payment platform, Alipay. [image: Keiichiro Sato / Nikkei Asian Review]

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Is Japan ready for next-generation care?

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13-Jun-18 Japan’s total healthcare spend is JPY88 tn (USD797 bn), with just JPY20 tn (USD181 bn) going toward digital. One important next step is creating a space to invest in digital prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, say experts. [image: Mobile Lifestyle]

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Does studying too much make you nearsighted?

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08-Jun-18 There might be something to the stereotype of the nerd with glasses. According to a new study, the more years a person spends in school, the more likely they are to be myopic. [image: The Canadian Press / AP / Patrick Semansky]

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7-Eleven Japan enters online market with food home delivery

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12-May-18 7-Eleven Japan, the country's biggest convenience store chain, will launch an app for orders with delivery in two hours. The move marks a first for the sector in Japan, with 7-Eleven looking to capitalise on food home delivery. [image: Reuters / Nikkei Asian Review]

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Battle for Japan's cashless spenders heats up

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08-May-18 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. [image: Manami Yamada]

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