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Credit cards: Magnetic strip or "chip-and-pin"?

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Credit cards: Magnetic strip or "chip-and-pin"?

Coming from the US, most everyone has a magnetic strip card. I have one of those but I have found a credit union which has issued to me a "chip-and-pin" technology card (it also has a magnetic strip as well).

What credit card technology is prevalent in Japan please?

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1. Re: Credit cards: Magnetic strip or "chip-and-pin"?

I use my strip credit card - never an issue. Make sure you advise your cc issuing bank that you're going to be using your card in Japan.

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2. Re: Credit cards: Magnetic strip or "chip-and-pin"?

they'll use chip if you have it. they'll swipe if not.

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3. Re: Credit cards: Magnetic strip or "chip-and-pin"?

Both work. You won't be required to input your pin either.

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4. Re: Credit cards: Magnetic strip or "chip-and-pin"?

Japan is chip and pin, but they still accept the magnetic strip cards. Chip is relatively recent in the US but for now almost all are chip and sign; few are chip and pin in the US. Chip and pin is generally better, but our US cards still having the strip partially defeats the security features of the chip.

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