According to this article from The Press Association, Japan is planning to agressively push its mobile technology abroad, particularly focusing on the wallet phone – that’s devices which incorporate a type of NFC or ‘wave and pay’.
The particular type of wallet phone tech they’re talking about here is FeliCa, developed by Sony and very popular in Japan, which is apparently now easier than ever to integrate into devices destined for the overseas market.
Rather disappointingly, the article doesn’t say just how the Japanese plan on encouraging take up. Despite the fact that NFC and it’s related technologies really are rather good, and the likes of Nokia have been pushing it reasonably hard, there just hasn’t been the interest in the UK and elsewhere. Some people attribute that to problems with the ecosystem – it will be interesting to see if Sony can succeed in sorting them out where quite a few others have failed.