Origami Inc pushing QR app to replace cash payments in Japan

Japanese 10,000 yen notes are arranged for a photograph in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Across most of Asia, people pay for taxi rides, restaurant meals and merchandise with smartphone-readable barcodes — except in Japan, where cash is still king. Now, as the country’s biggest web companies race to dominate the payments market, one Tokyo-based startup says it has a fighting chance to win with its QR app.

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