Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tokyo commuters to get high-tech smart cards

Passengers on Tokyo's rail and bus systems will soon get a new universal smart card embedded with a computer chip. Call Pasmo, the card has only to be waved over a card reader when passing through a fare gate or boarding a bus:

Pasmo card holders can top up their balance at ticket vending machines or, more conveniently, use an automatic recharging service, which adds 3,000 yen from a designated credit account to the card when the balance drops below 2,000 yen.


Just pass it over, then pass on through.


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