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Key Takeaway:

Japan’s giant railway company JR East still does not support open-loop payments. The reason could be in its lucrative closed-loop Suica card business.

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FactBox: JR East–Suica project profile

JR East, the giant Japanese railway company, is the largest single transit agency so far to not yet introduce open-loop payments of fares. And the agency has signaled no plans to support the technology.

That is bucking a trend in the Asia, where more major transit agencies are supporting the technology or plan to do so. That includes Land Transport Authority in Singapore, the Skytrain and MRT in Bangkok, and the launch late last month of open loop by Mass Transit Railway, or MTR, in Hong Kong. The Taipei

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