Apple CEO Tim Cook made a pit stop Friday at the office of Japan’s prime minister to talk about Apple’s growth in the country.
Cook told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Apple’s new R&D facility in Yokohama will be completed by December, well ahead of the projected date of March 2017. Apple says it hopes the new R&D facility near Tokyo will help it forge more local partnerships to source parts for future Apple products.
Afterward, the Apple CEO went to the railway to get a preview of what it will be like for iPhone owners to use Apple Pay when riding the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s first devices to support the FeliCA NFC technology standard that is used to make more than 160 million transactions a day across Japan.
Cook also stopped by Nintendo headquarters to play the company’s hotly anticipated game Mario Run. Nintendo demoed the upcoming iOS game during the iPhone 7 keynote last month. iOS users will be able to download it later this year.