From the fifteen regular survey by goo Research into electronic money japan.internet.com chose to focus on ownership of IC card readers and writers.
Between the 23rd and 26th of April 2010 1,085 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.7% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, and 27.6% aged fifty or older.
Although the security of the IC chip itself within most Japanese credit cards and mobile phones is well proven, thus by extension on the reader devices, I am unaware of how good or bad the security on the surrounding applications are. Regardless, a number of the higher-end notebook computers these days come with a built-in IC card reader chip so that online shopping checkout can be paid for by electronic money on either a mobile phone or a credit card.
Q1: Do you have a credit card form-factor contactless electronic cash card like Edy, Suica, etc? (Sample size=1,085)
Yes 55.7% Used to have one 3.3% Never had one 37.7% Don’t know what it is 3.3%
Out of the 55.7% or 604 people with such IC card electronic money, 570 people or 52.5% of the total sample actually used their cards. They were asked the following.
Q2: Do you have a contactless electronic cash card reader/writer? (Sample size=570)
Yes 19.3% No (to SQ) 58.6% Don’t know what it is (to SQ) 22.1%
Q2SQ: Would you like to use a contactless electronic cash card reader/writer in the future? (Sample size=460)
Want to use 52.8% Don’t want to use 47.2%