The Suica that Refreshes

The JR East Suica penguin character is a clever sly cultural reference to pre-war, and post-war, European remarks that Japan is an island full of ‘busy little penguins’. Laughing at oneself instantly disarms negative comments from another. Laughing together cures all. I love the Suica penguin.

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I Say Normalization, You Say Normalisation

Howard Oakley continues his excellent coverage of Apple File System (APFS) in macOS High Sierra. Read his latest analysis of runtime vs. native normalization and other issues in High Sierra and filenames: Apple is relenting. A must read.

QUICPay+ vs. QUICPay

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au Wallet PrePaid on the left limits you to the QUICPay+ network, regular au Wallet Credit Cards on the right can be used on both QUICPay and QUICPay+ networks.
The arrival of au Wallet PrePaid in Apple Pay introduces a small wrinkle in the Apple Pay Japan mix for store purchases. The prepaid card exclusively uses the QUICPay+ network. It is almost the same as the regular QUICPay network but adds support for debit and prepaid cards. It also removes the 20,000 JPY spending cap of QUICPay.

Basically you cannot use au Wallet PrePaid for gas stations, taxis, and Don Quijote. Check the full list on the QUICPay site. Look for stores with the little Q+ mark, which covers most of them.

Apple Pay Japan Adds au Wallet PrePaid Card

au Wallet Prepaidau Wallet PrePaid joined the Apple Pay Japan parade on July 4 with a press release from KDDI, a new page on the au site, and a kickoff campaign offering extra au Wallet and Suica points through the end of August. The Goal website has all the gory glorious point details in Japanese.

au Wallet PrePaid joins Suica as the only other prepaid card on Apple Pay Japan. au Wallet PrePaid can be used for store purchases with QUICPay+ (slightly different than the regular QUICPay flavor), as well as for charging Suica Apple Pay. This is the first prepaid card that JR East has allowed for Suica Apple Pay charging via the Wallet app and could open the way for Line Pay and other popular prepaid cards later.

Prepaid cards are very popular with younger people, especially the under 18 crowd who cannot own credit cards. They are also handy for parents who want to keep an eye on allowances.

au posted a few videos explaining how to add and use au Wallet PrePaid:

Adding directly in iOS Wallet (physical card):

Adding via the au WALLET app (no physical card):

Using au WALLET PrePaid Apple Pay with QUICPay