On the 1st, major IT companies Yahoo Japan and LINE merged to form a huge IT company that handles a wide range of services through the Internet, such as mail-order sales, payments, and finance, in addition to search and SNS.

The two companies announced their future business strategies, and will make payments using the QR code and barcode of "LINE Pay" in Japan for the two smartphone payments "PayPay" and "LINE Pay" that the group will develop next year. In May, it announced that it had begun discussions to integrate it into "PayPay."