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Japan's train stations usher in tap-to-pay gates for credit cards

Tokyo Metro and Tokyu set to roll out service, easing payment hassle for tourists

Kyushu Railway in southern Japan has started rolling out credit card fare payments on a limited basis. (Photo courtesy of Kyushu Railway)

TOKYO -- Japanese commuter rail companies are introducing contactless fare payment systems compatible with credit and debit cards in a push to make the services more convenient for foreign tourists.

Tokyo Metro, which runs subway lines in the country's capital, will begin a trial for the service on some lines in fiscal 2024 using a platform developed by Sumitomo Mitsui Card, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.

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