54 locations across Japan will provide the Western Union(R) money transfer
service at the end of June
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services,
today announced that Japan Ticket Association (JTA) has commenced offering
Western Union(R) Money Transfer(SM) services in allowing consumers access
international money transfer services in more than 200 countries and
territories (Note 1).
Commencing on June 28, 54 of JTA's locations in 12 prefectures including Tokyo,
Aichi, Shizuoka, Kyoto and Osaka will offer the service.
JTA plans to expand the Western Union Money Transfer service to approximately
300 locations within its network of JTA, complementing its ticketing services
for travel, sports, concerts, movies and special events alongside currency
"We are very pleased to join hands with JTA to provide consumers with fast,
reliable and convenient money transfer service in Japan," said Yasuhiro
Sakamoto, country manager, Western Union Japan.
"As our newest network Agent, JTA fulfills our network expansion strategy of
offering regulated money transfer services through multiple classes of trade.
With JTA managing over 30 percent of ticket stores across Japan and its
continuing expansion plans, we believe they play a significant role in giving
consumers convenience and choice for international money transfers," he said.
"We are delighted to join with Western Union and its locations network in over
200 countries and territories (Note 1) to offer its global money transfer
service. The combination of Western Union's expansive global network and JTA's
local vantage offers real convenience to our consumers in Japan," said
Hirotsugu Nishimura, President, Japan Ticket Association.
In Japan, Western Union is committed to expanding its network and developing
innovative ways to meet the changing and increasing needs of money transfer
consumers. Western Union's retail network tops more than 80 (Note 1) Agent
locations led by Travelex, Philippine National Bank, Daikokuya, H.I.S., Japan
Ticket Association. This supplemented by Seven Bank's 16,000 ATMs and 8,800
FamilyMart's Famiports by Densan System Co.
-- Seven Bank's ATMs and FamilyMart's Famiports cannot receive money, and need
Note 1: Network data as of 31 March 2012
About Western Union
The Western Union Company is a leader in global payment services. Together with
its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions
branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with
fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world,
to send payments and to purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and
Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of
approximately 495,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories (network
data as of 31 March 2012). In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226
million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$81 billion of
principal between consumers, and completed 425 million business payments.
About Japan Ticket Association (JTA)
Japan Ticket Association (JTA), founded in 1999 in Tokyo, and has 250 member
companies and 634 stores. JTA provides tickets service for gift certificates,
beer certificates, stamps, train, sports, concerts, movies, events, lottery
tickets such as Toto, and also offers currency exchange service in some stores.
For more information, please visit http://www.ticket.or.jp.
Western Union Media Contacts
Pia De Lima
+852-9261-8155 (Hong Kong)
SOURCE: Western Union