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Rakuten Pay vs PayPay: Battle of the Apps

In the ever-evolving landscape of mobile payment apps in Japan, Rakuten Pay and PayPay stand out as two major players. While both have their merits...
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Celebrating Warm Hearts and Bold Innovations: MobalPay at the Social Products Awards 2024

The 26th of March was a big day for social entrepreneurship and charitable endeavors in Japan. The Jiji Tsushin Hall, renowned for hosting significant events...
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MobalPay and PayPay: A Supercharged Duo for Expat Life in Japan

In the tech-savvy world of Japan, payment apps like PayPay, LinePay, and Rakuten Pay (R Pay) aren’t just about making payments – they’re your ticket...
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Protecting MobalPay Users: Beware of Kaku Seikyu (Fake Invoice) Scams!

It’s important to stay alert and informed about the risks of ‘Kaku Seikyu’ (fake invoice) scams. These scams can put your finances at risk and...
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NEW: Convenience Store Cash Top-Ups!

We’ve got some news that’s going to make your MobalPay experience MUCH simpler. Introducing Super Simple Convenience Store Top-ups! Navigating Japan’s intricate banking maze as...
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Easy Cash Top-Up for Your MobalPay Account

In a digital world, cashless transactions have become the norm. However, we understand that some people still prefer using cash. That’s why we offer a...
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3 Ways Paying in Japan is Better With a Real Japanese Phone Number

When living in Japan, payment can be difficult. Language barriers, reliance on cash, and complex banking systems make it challenging, and it can be even...
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MobalPay Now Works with Spotify, and Much More!

We’re always on the lookout for ways to make MobalPay even better, and we’re really pleased to announce that we’ve done it again! MobalPay now...
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How MobalPay Gives to Charity

If you’ve got a new MobalPay Mastercard, you may well have noticed something that you don’t often see on a payment card: our promise that...
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Can I Use MobalPay with Mobile Suica?

If you’re an iPhone user, it’s super easy to get a Mobile Suica card, and top it up using your MobalPay balance. You can set...
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Using MobalPay Without a Japanese Bank Account

One of the biggest reasons that MobalPay is a great option if you’re new to Japan is that you can get a real prepaid Japanese...
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We Asked an AI Chatbot Why It’s So Difficult for Expats to Get a Payment Card in Japan. The Results are Fascinating!

It can be hard to understand why it’s so difficult for new expats in Japan to get themselves a payment card that they can use...
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MobalPay Now Works with AU Pay, Rakuten Pay & d-Barai

Since we launched, it’s been one of the most frequently answered questions from new users – does MobalPay work with payment apps? We’re super happy...
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MobalPay – Your Questions Answered

Since the launch of MobalPay a few weeks ago, it’s been great to see so many of you using your new MobalPay cards all over...

How to Effortlessly Pay Your TEPCO Electricity Bill with MobalPay: A Complete Guide

In Tokyo, managing monthly utilities can sometimes feel like navigating through a maze. However, with MobalPay, tasks like paying your TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company)...