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We want to make things easier for tourists by making it possible for them to pay train fares with credit cards from their own countries.

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Keiko Takesako of Tokyu Railways which has started a trial of a system that allows passengers to go through ticket gates by using their credit cards.

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Using credit card, how do we know they won't overcharge tourist credit card?

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Bring back Suica cards. They are great for tourists. I find it difficult to believe that Japan is incapable of producing them.

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Using credit card, how do we know they won't overcharge tourist credit card?

The full article clarifies this works togheter with a one day pass, so that is the only thing that the passenger will pay, the card just acts as a replacement for the pass.

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Using credit card, how do we know they won't overcharge tourist credit card?

How do you know anyone won't overcharge anyone's credit card, ever?

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How do you know anyone won't overcharge anyone's credit card, ever?

In supermarket cashier people can check easily how much they being charged, however this article specially mentioned about ticket gate. Some of people who passed ticket gate they are really in rush, don't expect those people really checking how much they're being charged.

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Do you not check your credit card statements? Seems risky...

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Some of people who passed ticket gate they are really in rush, don't expect those people really checking how much they're being charged.

As mentioned there is no real need to check the charges immediately, the statements are enough for you to reverse any charge you think is improper.

For this specific use it is of course irrelevant, the system works by charging the card once for the one-day-pass online and then using the card instead of the physical pass.

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I recently tried to buy a Shinkansen ticket at the ticket machine with AMEX which was rejected. I had to line up for 20 minutes.

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I live in Japan and had for a very long time. In my home country you buy a train ticket in advance its much less expensive and if you buy a train ticket on the day of your travels it's much more expensive. I absolutely dislike this system which to me has destroyed the efficiency of the train system in my home country. I personally hate credit cards and cashless system I try not to use them unless it is utterly necessary. I think tourists will be absolutely taken advantage of by this system especially if they pay first before they even come to Japan.

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@Sakurasuki

Again a comment I wonder why.

So you believe a person more than an automatic system that's fine but I person can make more errors.

On topic.

You maybe overcharged due exchange rates. Foreign creditcards are still applicable for that.

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My bank charges me a fixed fee and a percentage of the amount if I use a card abroad. This would apply to every single fare. It would cost me a fortune to travel the metro using it. #BringBackSuica.

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They make it sound like its a newfangled concept, using your credit or debit card to tap in and out of stations, when numerous public transport systems worldwide introduced and implemented this years ago. Always late to the party, Japan.

Also, why did they stop issuing Suica cards? Aren't they like essential for commuters?

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