QR code based payments next up for Japanese banking coalition

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A new quick response code system for mobile transactions will be ready by the end of March. A Japanese megabank coalition is moving forward with a new QR code based payments system. The system will be ready by the end of March. That said, the whole thing won’t roll out until the 2019 fiscal year. The coalition is composed of three very large and powerful banks headquartered in the country. The three banks making up the coalition are Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.…

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QR code nail stickers launched for dementia patient tracking

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A Japanese city has used quick response codes as a part of a new initiative to care for the elderly. A city in Japan has started to use QR code stickers on residents with dementia. The goal is to give authorities a barcode to scan if those individuals wander off and become lost. The local police, hospitals and other authorities will have the means to scan these barcodes to call up identification information for the lost person. Iruma, a company located north of Tokyo, first developed these tiny unique barcode…

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Tourist QR codes let Kyoto cops do their jobs

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Police in the Japanese city have been struggling with never-ending tourist requests for directions. Kyoto Prefectural Police officers are now using tourist QR codes to help to free them from having to continually give directions. They are now sharing the quick response codes through posters displayed on police boxes called koban. The posters show the location of a number of tourist sites and have a scannable QR code. This is the first police force to use tourist QR codes to help free their time to do their actual duties. At…

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QR codes at Japan’s Kansai Airport offer multilingual information

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These quick response codes give tourists the chance to gain info in any of nine different languages. A new move at the Kansai International Airport, using QR codes, has made it possible for travelers from overseas to be able to obtain the information that they need through the use of their smartphones and tablets. An easy scan of the quick response codes will now offer this information in nine different languages. Since January 20, travelers have been able to access tourist information through these QR codes. Those barcodes are posted…

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QR codes featured on manhole covers in Japan

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A growing number of cities around the world are using the barcodes to communicate with visitors. There has been a growing trend in cities worldwide that has included the use of QR codes in order to provide tourists and other visitors to the city with a larger amount of information. The barcodes have been added to locations frequented by visitors in many different countries. This is a clear indication that smartphones are becoming recognized as a highly common and heavily used tool in our everyday lives, not only in certain…

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QR codes from Phewtick offer scanners rewards

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A Japanese company is hoping to encourage the use of its quick response barcodes. A Japanese startup called Phewtick has unveiled its latest plans to encourage people to scan their QR codes by offering rewards in exchange for their use. Phewtick is a smartphone app that helps its users to be able to meet new people. Now, it is also using QR codes to help those same users to make a little bit of money while they connect with others. The entire process is centered around using the quick response…

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Reports shed some light on the world of QR codes in Japan

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  QR codes becoming a popular subject for research As QR codes become more popular in the world of marketing, they are beginning to draw the attention of market researchers. The marketing industry is in a constant state of flux, with trends coming and going and stability being a rare phenomenon. Because of the increasingly prominent role of mobile marketing in the advertising industry, QR codes have become a subject of great interest amongst researchers. The codes originate from Japan, where they are widely used today, and the country has…

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Scan to help!

Recovery efforts in Japan continue in the wake of last month’s devastating tsunami. A worldwide support system has emerged, funneling money and volunteers to the battered country, assisting Japan in rebuilding after the tsunami and mitigate the ongoing nuclear crisis. Despite an unprecedented level of support from the worldwide community, the Japanese Red Cross is still in dire need of financial support. Japan Neko, the nation’s largest native language search engine and online community, has partnered with the Red Cross to bolster the Japan Tsunami Relief Fund. Neko has commissioned…

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The proof is in the growth!

A recent update to the Global Growth in Barcode Usage shows that the frequency of use for barcodes has risen by 126% over a two month period. The report shows strong growth in Norway, with growth ranking in at 87%. Sweden has experienced a 65% increase in use. The highest rate of growth was experience in the U.S. with usage rising by 126.1% over two months. The report shows that worldwide usage has increased by 10%. Many analysts are speculating that 2011 will be the year in which QR codes…

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Travelers and residents benefit from new scanning capabilities in the U.K.

The United Kingdom is beginning to use QR codes more regularly. The Herfordshire County Council has decided to use the codes to help residents and visitors access travel information. The council has set up a website that the codes will be linked to and those that scan the codes will have direct access to public transport information. Hertfordshire is the first to implement the codes in the south east region of the UK. The codes will be available at bus stops as well as online. Scanning the code will also…

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A new face for gaming giant

Square Enix, a Japan based game designer, has decided to implement QR codes as part of their promotional activity for their latest ventures. Claiming to be the first company to conduct marketing on this scale involving the code, Square Enix’s campaign will focus on print and online media and will begin at the end of this month. The ads will feature QR codes, allowing consumers to access exclusive content when scanned. Then the users will be able to download movies, demos and even full games straight to their phones. Days of…

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