In 1981, JCB just started building its merchant network outside Japan by signing up merchants by itself at popular destinations for Japanese tourists. As the cardmember base grew, JCB has shifted to acquiring license partnerships with local banks and financial institutions.
These partnerships have flourished over the past 30 years and today JCB cards are accepted merchants and ATMs in 190 countries and territories.
The JCB card acceptance network has been growing significantly through partnerships with not only local banks, but also with central banks, and national payment schemes in some countries.
JCB is working to provide a safer and more secure payment environment for JCB cardmembers, whether traveling abroad, shopping in their local neighborhood, or online shopping.