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2020.8.12
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Mercari Begins Crossborder Sales
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“I want to circulate our limited resources to help society thrive.” The Mercari marketplace app was born out of this realization by our founder Shintaro Yamada as he traveled the world. Thanks to the power of technology, people around the world can easily link up and enjoy the experience of buying and selling with each other. With this, we aim to establish a society where resources are circulated and where people can accomplish their goals.

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Create value in a global marketplace
where anyone can buy & sell

“I want to circulate our limited resources to help society thrive.” The Mercari marketplace app was born out of this realization by our founder Shintaro Yamada as he traveled the world. Thanks to the power of technology, people around the world can easily link up and enjoy the experience of buying and selling with each other. With this, we aim to establish a society where resources are circulated and where people can accomplish their goals.

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Merpay is a mobile payment service within the Mercari app. With Merpay, users can use their sales proceeds on Mercari or money loaded via their bank account to shop at countless places.

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Mercari is a C2C marketplace where individuals can enjoy buying and selling items. Through our unique payment deposit system and our use of AI to monitor for fraud, anyone can enjoy safe and secure transactions.
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Through the systems we use, our dedicated customer support, coordination with authorities, and AI technology, Mercari is committed to ensuring our marketplace is a safe and secure place for our users to buy and sell.

Safety

A Safe and Secure Marketplace

Through the systems we use, our dedicated customer support, coordination with authorities, and AI technology, Mercari is committed to ensuring our marketplace is a safe and secure place for our users to buy and sell.

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Safety

Mercari is taking on initiatives in the following 5 areas as part of our continued efforts to achieve a more abundant society.

Sustainability

Circulate our limited resources
to help society thrive

Mercari is taking on initiatives in the following 5 areas as part of our continued efforts to achieve a more abundant society.

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Sustainability
IR

IR at Mercari

IR

We take on bold challenges aiming for long-term growth, further business expansion, and higher enterprise value.

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2020.1.24
Press release

Origami Inc. to Join the Mercari Group

Origami Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Founder & CEO: Yoshiki Yasui; hereinafter, “Origami”) and Merpay, Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Naoki Aoyagi; hereinafter, “Merpay”) came to a basic agreement for Merpay to acquire all Origami shares and Origami to join the Mercari Group.
*The stock transfer is scheduled to take place on February 25, 2020.

About Origami and Merpay
Origami was established in 2012 with a mission to “create the future of money, payment, and commerce.” Origami Pay, Origami’s mobile payment service, was launched in 2016, and as it has expanded its availability in stores and services spanning various industries and businesses across the country, it has provided not just convenience, but also new value as a contact point between merchants and consumers through payment. In September 2018, Origami formed a capital and business alliance with Shinkin Central Bank (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Chairman: Hiroyuki Shibata; hereinafter, “SCB”), the central bank of the 256 Shinkin banks nationwide, and by using this alliance to approach the network of regional Shinkin banks, which are known for having a strong relationship with local customers, is promoting the cashless movement with a focus on small/medium-sized regional businesses. Since the two began full-scale initiatives in November 2018, a total of 80,000 merchants have decided to introduce Origami Pay.

With the mission of “building trust for a seamless society,” Merpay, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercari, Inc. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Shintaro Yamada; hereinafter, “Mercari”), launched the mobile payment service Merpay in February 2019. Given the marketplace app Mercari’s user base of 14.5 million people per month and the sales proceeds (approximately 500 billion JPY per year) held by this user base through transactions made on Mercari, Merpay is currently expanding its usage by providing convenient payment features using both the contactless payment service iD and code payments, as well as a merchant base spanning various industries and businesses across the country. The service is steadily adding new features, such as Merpay Smart Payments, introduced in April 2019 as a way to allow users to pay for their purchases in one payment the following month based on their Mercari usage history, and surpassed 5 million users in October 2019, only 8 months after its launch. In this way, Merpay has promoted the cashless movement among both shops and users.

Reasons for Origami Joining the Mercari Group
With the government’s support for the cashless movement, financial institutions, major telecommunications companies, IT companies, and more are entering the mobile payment industry one after another. However, while cashless payment options are becoming more and more common in major chain stores, they still have not taken hold in small/medium-sized regional businesses. As a result, cashless payments have not yet reached their potential to be a payment method used in people’s everyday lives, and this has proven to be an obstacle to realizing a cashless society in Japan.

Merpay and Origami discussed the idea that as the competition among mobile payment businesses increases, combining the strengths of the two companies would not only provide benefits to both companies in terms of economies of scale, but also provide new unique value and contribute to the realization of a cashless society in Japan, and as a result, they agreed to have Origami join the Mercari Group.

After an announcement followed by a transition period for Origami’s users and merchants, the Origami Pay service and brand will be integrated into Merpay going forward. Mercari, Merpay, Origami, and SCB, with whom Mercari and Merpay concluded a business alliance on January 23, 2020, will aim to realize a cashless society by promoting the introduction of Merpay in small/medium-sized regional businesses. Additionally, Mercari plans to hold regional events using Merpay, Mercari Workshops teaching how to use Mercari (from registration to buying and listing items), promotions encouraging use of Mercari and Merpay, and more by utilizing SCB’s nationwide network. With this, Mercari will aim not only to contribute to further empowering local economies and promoting the cashless movement, but also to create a highly sustainable circular economy, where the sales proceeds received by selling unneeded items on Mercari return to local communities through Merpay.
*Merpay will examine the future of the payment services Origami currently provides to other businesses upon careful discussion with these businesses, with the customers and merchants currently using said services as the top priority.

For more details, see the following link:
https://about.mercari.com/en/ir/news/

Values
Go Bold
大胆にやろう

In order to create innovation with a big impact on the world,
everyone takes on bold challenges and learns from many failures.

All for One
全ては成功のために

With the whole team working together and all members working to their highest potential,
the team can achieve large missions that one person alone cannot.

Be a Pro

All members take ownership of their work as professionals in their field,
learn every day, and commit to showing results.

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Overview

A secure system for buying and selling

Mercari provides its users with an environment where they can trade safely and securely. Mercari also uses an escrow payment system in order to guarantee a safe and reliable transaction service for everyone. In addition, buyers and sellers rate each other, so users can have peace of mind by checking the other party’s past reviews before deciding to engage in a transaction. Furthermore, we have a dedicated customer service system that responds to customer inquiries and monitors the service.

A secure system for buying and selling
AI

Detecting Violations with AI

Mercari employs AI technology to automatically detect transactions that violate the terms of use. By combining this technology with extensive transaction data and item information data, the company aims to improve the accuracy of the detection systems and use them for a wider range of applications to provide an even safer and more secure environment for all users.
* Examples of items that violate terms of use: gaming accounts, counterfeits, medicine, etc.

Detecting Violations with AI
Government

Cooperating with Authorities

Mercari strives to provide a safe and secure service for all users by cooperating with public institutions and law enforcement. The aim is to work towards making not just Mercari, but the industry as a whole safer and more secure by participating in organizations such as the Council for Intellectual Property Protection (CIPP), EC Business Association, the Association of Consumer Affairs Professionals (ACAP), and the National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO). The company also takes a proactive role in exchanging opinions and drawing up guidelines.

Cooperating with Authorities
Customer Service

Dedicated customer service team

Mercari’s customer service system operates all day, every day, ensuring users can enjoy a safe and secure experience. Mercari monitors listings/transactions both manually and with automated detection systems to identify items that violate terms of use, making every effort to promptly remove any counterfeit/stolen goods.
These systems are based on copius data from item information and transactions as well as AI technology. We strive to improve their accuracy and expand their scope in an effort to create a secure environment for users.

Other Initiatives
  • Inhibiting fraud by enhancing identity verification

    Inhibiting fraud by enhancing identity verification

    Since February 2019, listers have been required to provide their personal information (address/full name/date of birth) when registering. A user’s sales balance cannot be withdrawn if the name registered does not match the name of the account for the balance transfer; this prevents fraudulent listings, such as stolen goods.

  • Ample compensation

    Ample compensation

    If a product arrives damaged or defective, we offer returns and compensation. Eligible items include unintentionally purchased counterfeit goods, items with a defect or damage not included in the description, and shipping fees for when an accident occurred with Mercari Shipping. Mercari has strategies to ensure normal items are safely delivered to the buyer, but in the event that a user purchases counterfeit or defective goods, they are also eligible for a return or compensation.

  • Awareness activities for adolescents and educators

    Awareness activities for adolescents and educators

    We hold educational activities across the country for middle school and high school students, as well as parents and teaching staff, where we teach them how to avoid trouble on marketplace apps, to ensure they can use Mercari with a sense of security.

Security at Mercari

Security at Mercari

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Message

In 2012, I slung a backpack over my shoulder and set off to travel around the world. The most life-changing moments I experienced were in areas like South America and the Middle East—countries known as emerging nations. I saw before my eyes how people were trying to live more prosperously, as well as the reality of how limited resources were, and it opened my eyes to the issue that maybe not everyone in the world is able to live their lives in the same way.

When I returned home, smartphones had taken over Japan. I thought, “If we can use this technology to connect individuals all over the world and allow items to be easily bought and sold, maybe we can utilize the world’s resources more effectively and enrich the lives of people everywhere.” That thought was the basis for creating Mercari.

Since Mercari was established, we have grown our services while investing in both people and technology. But in order to become a service used throughout the world, we must genuinely take on our role as a public institution of society and work toward creating a circular economy, improving governance, and more.

What can Mercari do to help solve the issues faced by people around the world. With this question in mind, we will continue striving in our efforts to circulate the world’s resources and help society thrive.

Mercari, Inc. CEO
Shintaro Yamada

山田進太郎
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5 Initiatives

Mercari’s 5 Initiatives

Mercari is taking on initiatives in the following 5 areas as part of our continued efforts to achieve a more abundant society.

Creating a Circular Economy

Mercari aims to eliminate waste and achieve a society in which needed items are passed to the hands of those who need it, in the amount needed.

Culture and Education

To achieve a circular economy, Mercari takes a proactive role in promoting education and a culture that fosters this type of mindset.

Local Empowerment

By finding solutions to issues unique to regions across the country, Mercari aims to contribute to local economies and empower individuals and businesses.

Safe, Secure, and Fair Transactions

Mercari strives to provide a platform for secure and fair transactions so our users, merchants, and business partners feel at ease using our service.

Compliance and Risk Management

Mercari aims to establish a sound and transparent internal management system to earn the trust of not only our users and business partners, but from society as a whole.

Governance

Governance

Under the mission "Create value in a global marketplace where anyone can buy & sell", Mercari, Inc. and its subsidiaries aim to serve as a company that contributes to society. With this management philosophy, we ensure that all of our board members and employees abide by legal obligations and company constitutions as well as follow social standards in carrying out our business activities.

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