Gemalto NV is participating in a pilot test in Japan for contactless mobile phone payments.

The Dutch technology provider will work with SoftBank Corp., a Japanese telecommunications and media company. The program will use near-field communication technology and will begin during the current quarter.

"Japan is the most progressive country in the world when it comes to using the mobile phone for contactless services," Tan Teck-Lee, Gemalto Asia's president, in a press release Tuesday. "The advent of NFC in Japan will enable SoftBank Mobile to massively deploy mobile contactless services in payments and other domains like transit, loyalty programs or couponing."

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