TSYS signs three clients, opens data center in Japan

Credit-card processor TSYS said Thursday it has signed three clients in Japan, while opening a new data center there.

The new customers are AZ Card, OCS and Nagasaki Kenmin Shinyo, Columbus-based TSYS said.

The data center is located in Nago City, Okinawa. It will be called simply: TSYS Okinawa Data Center.

TSYS has operated in Japan since 2000, when it purchased a majority stake in GP Network Corp.

"Japan is the third largest credit card market in the world, and we will continue to make a significant contribution to this market by offering the expertise and experience we’ve gained from more than 25 years in the payments industry," Gaylon Jowers, president of TSYS International, said in a statement.

The data center will be initially used to process cards for customers in Japan, TSYS said. But it may eventually serve as an Asian hub, linking existing data centers in North America and Europe.