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JR Central to go global with online bullet train booking

Japanese rail operator hopes to ease congestion expected during Tokyo Olympics

More foreign travelers will be able to pay for bullet train seats online in advance. 

NAGOYA -- Central Japan Railway plans to expand its ticketless boarding service for the Tokyo-Osaka shinkansen bullet train line as early as April, allowing more foreign visitors to pay for seats in advance abroad.

The smartEX app for online booking is now available only in eight countries and regions, including the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong, owing to the need for trademark registration. JR Central will offer a website through which foreigners anywhere in the world can register their credit cards and reserve seats.

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