ATLANTA — First Data Corp. and some Japanese partners have set up a new company, Nihon Card Processing Co., which they say is the first firm in Japan to provide third-party credit card processing.

First Data, the largest credit card processor in the United States, said Japan is the second-largest credit card market. Its partners in the processing venture are NTT Data, the data processing subsidiary of the telecommunications company NTT Corp.; DC Card, the fourth-largest bank card issuer and merchant acquirer in Japan and an affiliate of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi; and Diamond Computer Service Co., an information systems provider with expertise in credit card and finance operations.

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