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Suica is a rechargeable contact-less smart card used as a fare card on train lines in Japan.
Launched in 2001, the card is usable currently in almost all area of Japan. The card is
also increasingly being accepted as a form of electronic money for purchases at stores
and kiosks, especially within train stations. Far over 30 million Suica cards are in circulation.

The card incorporates contact-less radio-frequency identification technology developed
by Sony, called FeliCa. The same technology is also deployed in the Edy electronic cash
cards used in Japan and the Octopus card in Hong Kong. These cards are available at card
vending machines at the train stations that allow Suica. A new card costs 2,000 yen, which
includes a 500 yen deposit that will be refunded if the card is returned. The remaining
1,500 yen is immediately available for train rides, and more money can be charged on to
the card in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 3,000 yen, 4,000 yen, 5,000 yen, and 10,000 yen
increments at similar ticket vending or fare-adjustment machines displaying the Suica
logo inside each station.

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The article was written in September 2009, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., Ph.D.




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