Targeting rapidly increasing internet users
TOKYO, Jan 25, 2016 - [Press Release] - JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. has today announced that China CITIC Bank (CITIC), a leading commercial bank in China, started to issue the first JCB virtual cards for online shopping users.
CITIC is part of the major state-owned conglomerate CITIC Group. The bank has a nationwide branch network and solid customer base, including the wealthy segment, and is actively expanding its card issuing business. China CITIC Bank has been steadily building JCB merchant network and cardmember base since establishing a partnership with JCBI on merchant business in 1991 and on card issuing business in 2011. The new virtual card adds to the bank's existing JCB brand lineup of Standard, Gold and Platinum grade MS. MAGIC Card and the Ultimate Card, the highest rank Platinum grade designed for the affluent.
The new virtual cards derived from plastic cards have 4 advantages: immediately available after application for membership, the card usage limit in conjunction with plastic cards, purchase management for online shopping and secure and safe online payment. Customers can apply for up to twenty virtual cards per year via the internet, Wechat or smartphone app. A security code (CAV2) is set for each card to ensure secure payment for online shopping.
Kimihisa Imada, Deputy President of JCBI said, "Online shopping by Chinese consumers has been growing remarkably and now it's essential for shopping in daily life. On the other hand, that means the customer needs even better security. Virtual cards minimize the risk of card information being stolen and help prevent fraud. One of our most important missions is to provide a secure payment environment, and we will continue to work on doing that in cooperation with CITIC and other partner financial institutions in international markets."
 The card is accepted at internet merchants outside China only.
JCB is a global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes about 29 million merchants and over a million cash advance locations in 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 19 countries and territories, with more than 89 million card members. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with more than 350 leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. More information about JCB is also available on the website.
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