In 1984, JCB decided to expand its cardmember base outside Japan to provide more business opportunities to their growing number of merchant acquiring partners around the world.
Since then, JCB has been moving forward on card issuing programs in markets around the world in partnership with local financial institutions. Currently JCB cards are issued in 21 countries, for a total of about 95 million cardmembers. The number of JCB cardmembers is increasing especially rapidly in Asia Pacific, where economic growth is driving the shift to cashless payment. JCB will continue to flexibly support the special characteristics of each local market and the individual needs of each partner, providing high quality service to our customers in order to expand the number of JCB cardmembers worldwide.
JCB expects to further increase brand presence significantly through partnerships with more banks and financial institutions in the world.