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Starbucks Japan launching contactless pen with payments technology

Starbucks Coffee Japan Co. is launching a mobile payment product called Starbucks TouchThe Pen, a ballpoint pen with embedded contactless payment technology, according to a company press release. 

The pen, developed in cooperation with Zebra Corp., uses dark brown water resistant gel ink, inspired by Starbucks Coffee. It's based on FeliCa contactless payment chips from Sony Corp., which originally launched in 2015, and lead to earlier product releases, including keychains and iPhone cases. 

The pen, which comes in silver, black and white — inspired by ceramic drippers and stainless steel kettles —  costs $37 (4,000 Japanese yen) and is available Sept. 25.

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