MasterCard have announced plans to distribute 410,000 PayPass-enabled contactless Point of Sale terminals in Japan over the next three years.

The company cited a 28% year-on-year increase (2011-2012) in PayPass merchant locations in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa as a sign of strong demand from consumers for contactless payments in the region.

Although the rollout is currently limited to Japan, MasterCard are aiming to boost international usage of NFC payments by allowing foreigners to pay easily with their domestic cards when visiting the country.

"Consumers around the world are embracing the contactless payment experience. With the introduction of MasterCard’s contactless terminals across the country, cardholders traveling from abroad will get the benefit of safe and secure contactless payments in Japan" said Robert Luton, division president of MasterCard Japan.

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