Making its foray into Japan, billionaire Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led Paytm has launched PayPay, a QR based smartphone payment service in collaboration with SoftBank Corp and Yahoo Japan. Notably, Paytm had raised $1.4 billion from SoftBank last year in exchange for a 20% stake. Detailing what the new product is about, Paytm said that PayPay is a feature-rich smartphone-based settlement service that allows users to store money from a bank account in their PayPay wallet and make payments with it. \u201cIncepted in October 2018, PayPay aims to promote the broader use of cashless payment in Japan and to provide highly convenient services to both consumers and affiliated stores,\u201d Paytm said in a blog. Also read:\u00a0Share market HIGHLIGHTS: Sensex closes 181 points lower, Nifty ends below 10,250; Reliance top index drag Paytm\u2019s launch comes at a time when cash remains the mainstream settlement \u00a0methodology, with 80% of the payments made through cash in Japan. According to an earlier statement by Softbank, the Japanese government was taking measures to raise the cashless payment ratio to 40% by 2025, with a long-term goal of 80%. In a bid to woo customers, PayPay has also announced that it will be giving electronic money equivalent to 500 Yen to each customer downloading the app and authenticating it with a valid Japanese mobile number. \u201cIn addition, for sellers and establishments, PayPay will not be charging any fee for \u2018user scan\u2019 type settlement for three years till the end of September 2021!\u201d Paytm said. Paytm, a market leader in payments in India, has over 300 million customers and 8 million merchants so far. Earlier in August this year, Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway had invested about $350 million in the Indian startup. Speaking to ET Now, Vijay Shekhar Sharma said that he cannot reveal the deal amount but noted that it is higher than Softbank\u2019s investment. He said that Softbank deal happened at a valuation of over $7 billion.