Paystand Helping JCB Create Japanese Blockchain Payment Platform

Asia Blockchain Review
December 30, 2019

Japanese payment network JCB and Paystand, U.S. blockchain-powered commercial payment firm, are set to develop an end-to-end solution for payments in Japan.

JCB has finalized a deal with Paystand to establish a full-service payment platform for Japanese consumers, according to Tech Republic.

Serving Business-to-Business Transactions

With the focus of the platform being corporate customers, it was pointed out by Paystand CEO Jeremy Almond that that over 90 percent of payments in Japan and South Korea carried out between businesses are completed using cash or other traditional methods. Although in Japan, transactions between corporates are worth an annual $10 trillion dollars, only about 1 percent are conducted through digital channels.

Almond said business to business transactions in the two countries where JCB is prevalent are “saddled with a legacy system rife with costly transaction fees, manual processes, and delays”.  He added that his company’s agreement with JCB is “yet another indication that enterprises in all markets are demanding easy, secure, frictionless business payments that leverage digital technology”. 

Providing Businesses with “Magic Money”

The Paystand CEO further noted that by not adopting digital payment systems, Japanese companies are shouldering hundreds of millions of dollars in unneeded costs.  He added that not only will the JCB Paystand platform cut these costs, but it will also provide a more streamlined experience. 

Describing it as “this magic money experience that we have on the consumer level, where you walk in the Starbucks and you’re able to use your Starbucks app and money just automatically moves,” Almond said “what blockchain smart contracts allows you to do is, when there is a contract that says your customers will pay you in 30 days after you deliver these goods and services, that money can move automatically”.


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