Contactless payments, be they IC chip or barcode-based are perhaps becoming more popular due to COVID-19 making physical cash a potential transmission vector, so this survey from MMD Labo into smartphone QR Code-based payments may reveal some trends in Japan.
I mostly use smartphone-based public transport IC chip-based payments, JR East’s (the major train operator in the Tokyo area) SUICA. Once in a blue moon I use QR Code-based methods, the mobile phone operator Docomo’s dBarai system, and I once got 500 yen free credit from FamiPay.
Q1: How to you normally pay for things? (Sample size=45,000, multiple answer)
Card-form public transport IC card
Other electronic cash
Q2: Do you use QR-code based payments? (Sample size=45,000)
Know names of various services, but don’t know the details
Heard the term, but don’t know about it
Don’t know anything at all
Q2SQ1: Which QR-code based payment service do you use the most? (Sample size=21,529)
QUO Card Pay
I’m not sure exactly how they got the number of people for the next question; it’s not just the “Investigating using” from Q2.
Q2SQ2: Which QR-code based payment service are you looking at using the most? (Sample size=4,958)
QUO Card Pay
Between the 1st and 4th of January 2021 45,000 memnbers of the MMD Labo monitor group aged between 18 and 69 years old completed a private internet-based questionnaire. Further demographics were not given.