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European Merchant Services to Start Accepting JCB Cards across the Netherlands



Tokyo and Amsterdam, July 31, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB, and European Merchant Services (EMS), a First Data Group company, are pleased to announce that EMS has started JCB merchant acquiring operations across the Netherlands.

EMS is a major European payments player located in the Netherlands. EMS holds acquiring licenses for all major debit and credit card brands and wishes to be able to offer further acceptance capabilities to their customers throughout Europe. This new partnership will further enhance the acceptance portfolio of JCB merchants throughout the Netherlands as EMS merchants will accept JCB cards starting in July 2014. This is an important partnership which enables JCBI to increase its presence in the market and for EMS to offer more payment products to its merchant customers.

JCBI has been continuously increasing its presence in Europe by expanding its merchant network. Currently, card members can pay with JCB card at about 26 million merchants worldwide including several million in Europe. The Netherlands is a strategically important country for JCBI as this is a major destination market for European JCB card members. The partnership with EMS will further enhance the acceptance of JCB at merchants across the Netherlands benefiting JCB card members visiting the region.

Ryuji Shinzawa, Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing Headquarters / Americas and EMEA of JCBI commented, "JCBI has been doing business in Europe for 32 years and we continue to grow the number of locations where our customers can use their cards. We are pleased to welcome EMS to the JCB network and I am sure that this new partnership will bring more benefit and convenience to both EMS and JCB card members."

EMS is also very pleased to extend the card brands offered to its merchants in Europe. "We have recently seen increasing usage of international brand card of Asian visitors. We will expect the same for JCB, knowing that the number of Asian card members travelling with a business motive is increasing as well as the number of Asian people who visit Europe for touristic purposes. We are very happy to offer our merchants throughout the Netherlands the ability to accept JCB card. This will help them serve their customers even better," commented Marc Dumortier, CEO EMS.

About European Merchant Services

European Merchant Services (EMS) is a leading provider of customer-oriented payment services for merchants and e-merchants that are active in the European market. Through our flexible organization, service-oriented staff and expert advice, we guarantee our customers and partners ease and understanding in their transactions and related data exchanges.

EMS offers merchants on location and e-merchants an all-in-one solution for the processing of domestic and foreign transactions with the major credit and debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, UnionPay, JCB, Maestro, Diners Club & Discover, V PAY, Visa Electron. Our transactions are processed via the award winning platform Omnipay.

Together we can ensure more sales and more satisfied customers. For more information about EMS, visit us on www.emscard.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/emscard or call us at +31 (0)20 660 30 40.

About JCB

JCB, founded in Japan in 1961, is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer. The JCB acceptance network includes about 26 million merchants in 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 16 countries and territories, with more than 84 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 is committed to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide.

Note: JCB statistics included About JCB are as of the end of March 2014.

For more information, visit: www.jcbcorporate.com/english

Contact
JCB International Co., Ltd.
Ayako Tanaka
Corporate Planning
Phone: +81-3-5778-8390
Email: jcbinternational-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

European Merchant Services
Annette Verdouw
Manager Marketing
Phone:+31 646835514
Email: averdouw@emscard.com

Source: JCB

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