internetcom recently reported on a survey by NTT Com Research (formally goo Research) into electronic cash, their third regular look at such a subject.


Between the 11th and 17th of December 2014 1,072 members of the NTT Com Research monitor panel completed aprivate internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were male, 2.3% in their teens, 26.8% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 17.4% in their forties, and 32.0% aged fifty or older.

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Note that in Q1, some portable computers have contactless IC Card readers built into them, and these may be used to make purchases over the internet in perhaps a more secure, but definitely more convenient way than typing in a credit card number.

I used to mainly use a non-JR (<a href=Hankyu Stacia, if you must know) public transport-related IC card, but since my recent move to the Tokyo area I’ve switched to Suica via my mobile phone, not a credit card. My second card was a WAON card, but in my new area there are fewer opportunities to use it.

Research results

Q1: What kinds of electronic cash do you use or have you used? (Sample size=1,072, multiple answer)

Using smartphone, mobile phone (to SQ) 23.0%
Used to use smartphone, mobile phone (to SQ) 3.9%
Using computer (to SQ) 15.1%
Used to use computer (to SQ) 3.3%
Using IC card (to SQ) 58.7%
Used to use IC card (to SQ) 3.2%
Never used any 26.6%

Q1SQ: What brands of electronic cash do you use or did you use? (Sample size=753, multiple answer)

Public transport-related (JR) 51.5%
WAON 35.2%
nanaco 33.1%
Rakuten edy 29.5%
Public transport-related (non-JR) 28.6%
Docomo iD 12.5%
QUICPay 6.1%
au WALLET 5.%
WebMoney 4.0%
BitCash 1.6%
majica 0.7%
Other 0.8%


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