AliPay, the payment arm of Chinese Internet titan Alibaba, reached cooperation with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten to added AliPay as a payment option for purchases on Rakuten Global Market, the cross-border e-commerce unit of the Japnese company. The service is currently available in 250 stores on the platform and will be expanded to all the stores in the future.

Rakuten is the second Japanese e-commerce service that AliPay announced cooperation this month. Last week, AliPay announced it will be added as payment option on Yahoo! Shopping Japan.

Japan has become a popular marketplace for Chinese netizens who want to purchase products overseas, largely due to the depreciation of JPY. The total consumption of Chinese online shoppers in Japanese e-commerce sites surged more than 300% YOY in 2013.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.