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Waon (ワオン?) is a Japanese electronic money system introduced by ÆON in April 2007. It is a rechargeable contactless smart card. Like many other smart card systems in Japan, it uses RFID technology developed by Sony known as FeliCa. Its name comes from waon (和音?), meaning chord. The card's official mascot is a white dog. The card reader makes a "waon" sound upon successful transaction, a Japanese onomatopoeia for dog barks.
Unlike the nanaco card issued by Seven & I Holdings, the basic Waon card can be purchased without any registrations. Like other FeliCa-based systems, Waon has a mobile payment system, known as Mobile Waon.
Types of cards
- Waon Card: A basic prepaid card that does not require registration.
- Waon Card Plus: A card for ÆON Card holders. Accepts postpay as well.
- ÆON Card (Waon Card integrated): A credit card.
Waon Card is issued by ÆON, while other two cards are issued by AEON Credit Service.
As of September 2007
- 130 stores in Kantō region, Yamanashi, and Niigata
- 23,000 stores of AEON Group in all Japan
- Official website (Japanese)
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