M-banking services in Japan: a strategic perspective

Eusebio Scornavacca Jr, Stuart J. Barnes

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The proliferation of mobile internet enabled devices is creating an extraordinary opportunity for a new mode of e-commerce. In Japan, in April 2003, there were more than 62 million users of mobile internet services. Mobile devices, typically used by a single person, provide an unprecedented platform for individualised services. Such services may build on the value propositions of time, place and individual context. One emerging area of mobile business is banking. This paper explores the state of the art of mobile (m-) banking in Japan. A brief discussion about the main characteristics of Japanese banking practices is accompanied by an overview of this country's mobile market. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the mobile internet services of three major Japanese banks - Mizuho, Sumitomo Mitsui and UFJ - and the development of a strategic framework for m-banking. The paper concludes with a discussion about the future of m-banking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-66
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Benefits
  • Japan
  • M-commerce
  • Mobile banking
  • Services
  • Strategies
  • Usage patterns
  • Data communication systems
  • Electronic commerce
  • Internet
  • Marketing
  • Mathematical models
  • Personal computers
  • Problem solving
  • Telecommunication services
  • Mobile telecommunication systems

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