It is not unusual to see a convenience store when walking in the center of Jakarta. There are quite a few convenience stores in Jakarta. Just like in Japan, there are ATMs in them, and you can withdraw money from them, and you can pay cashless accounts by electronic money. As a traveler, I wish they would make traveling a lot easier by making electronic money the same across the globe, but that's not going to happen. All the companies are battling to become the standard.
Yes, that's right. Edy, nanaco, and Suica, which are major electric money in Japan, are just electronic data in Jakarta. In Indonesia, GoPay run by Gojek and GrabPay run by Grab are the major e-moneys in this country.
I didn't use GOPAY or GRAB MONEY, so I don't know how to use them. I used Indomaret card issued by Indomaret, which is a prepaid card. It may be the same in Japan, but there are various services available and the places where you can use them may be limited. For example, a modest kiosk on the side of the road like the one in this photo. It was an old-fashioned stall, selling cigarettes and juice, but at least this place didn't accept prepaid electronic money.
PT. Indomarco Prismatama or Indomaret is a chain of retail convenience stores from Indonesia, with over 11,000 stores across Indonesia. It is the first and largest chain of this kind of store in Indonesia. Indomaret is a subsidiary of Salim Group. Its headquarter is in Jakarta.
August 3, 2020
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