While cashless payment cards have certainly been around for a few years, they’ve been pretty strongly opposed by technophobes and privacy groups alike. Worldwide adoption seemed like a lost cause.
However, big news is being reported by Nikkei.com, who report that finally the majority of Tokyo’s citizen use such electronic cash cards on a regular basis.
It’s about time. As I travel through France and Switzerland, I often find myself fumbling through various Francs and Euros, constantly holding up lines in coffee houses on the Seine or the Limmat, trying to figure out which coins are which! Tokyo’s system is so well built, it even includes transport access on systems like the Suica card (pictured). How cool!
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Majority of Tokyo Residents Use Electronic Cash
Published: Sep 2, 2009 • References: nni.nikkei.co.jp