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Origami Pay links with China Union Pay to expand beyond Japan

Origami Inc., a Japan-based mobile payments service, is expanding beyond the country thanks to a new international partnership with China UnionPay.

China UnionPay also invested funds into Origami as part of a Series C investment round, according to a press release.

As a result of the capital and business alliances with UnionPay, Origami Pay will be accepted at approximately 7.5 million UnionPay QR code-enabled outlets in 24 countries across APAC, North America, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa by the first quarter of 2019.

Domestically, UnionPay's QR payments will also be made available at Origami's Japanese partner shops. The alliance with UPI enables both Japanese users travelling abroad and inbound users visiting Japan to make secure and convenient payments at a wide range of shops without worrying about currency exchange.

In addition, Origami will be partnering with Taiwan's payment service, JKOPAY of JKOS Network Co. Ltd, enabling JKOPAY users to make payments at all Origami partner shops in Japan. This means Taiwanese visitors will no longer have to worry about cross border credit card transaction fees when spending in Japan, making payments directly from their homegrown JKOPAY app. Moving forward, Origami will continue to expand its inbound services through international partnerships.