Alibaba’s affiliate Ant Financial announced that Alipay will soon support the smart POS network owned by Recruit Lifestyle, a subsidiary of the Japanese business giant Recruit Group.

That means Chinese tourists will be able to make offline payments with their Alipay Wallet when travelling in Japan, instead of exchanging for local currency beforehand and running the risk of Yen depreciation. Some travel information and special discounts will also be offered to customers who make payments with Alipay.

The payment method will be supported in an initial batch of 200 physical stores this October, covering several popular chain merchants like Bic Camera, PARCO, duty free store Airport Trading, and Umikaji Terrace. Recruit Lifestyle expects to introduce Alipay to all the 176,000 Japanese merchants that are using its POS network by the end of this year, the announcement added.

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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.