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Now Available: Suica Shopping Service! Service Starts Monday, March 22, 2004

East Japan Railway Company

February 10, 2004

A single Suica card is all users need to take trains or shop.
With purchases just a touch away, everyday shopping will never be the same.

Starting Monday, March 22, Suica cards can be used for shopping at stores in areas where the cards are valid for railway travel. Users need only their Suica card, and purchasing is done the same way as passing through ticket gates. The service saves time by eliminating the inconvenience of handling money and waiting for change. Shopping is quick and convenient, and the cards can be left in pass holders during transactions.
The service will play a key role in promoting convenience stores, restaurants, and other businesses around stations by attracting customers, cardholders of more than 7.8 million Suica cards that have been issued. JR East plans to offer the service on the Shinkansen, in the Sendai area, and elsewhere. View Suica, a card doubling as a credit card, has also been offered.
JR East will introduce quick Suica shopping for everyday purchases at all in-station stores in the near future.
Starting March 22, the card will be accepted by 196 shops at 64 stations. [PDF/35KB]
By summer, the service should be available at over 500 businesses. [PDF/44KB]
JR East plans to expand the service to 1,000 shops through further adoption by businesses in and around stations and in other urban areas.
  • Suica shopping service starts Monday, March 22

    Cards bearing this Suica logo [Suica logo] can be used for purchases
    Starting Monday, March 22, all cards bearing this Suica logo [Suica logo] can be used for purchases without any special arrangements.

    Cards without this logo [Suica logo] can be exchanged free of charge
    After Saturday, March 20, cards without this logo [Suica logo] can be exchanged free of charge for cards with the new Suica logo in main stations of designated JR East Suica areas at vending machines for regular and commuter tickets and at green service windows.
  • Simple and convenient for shopping

    The stored value on Suica cards can also be used for purchases
    For shopping, the value on Suica cards that has been usable for fares is also usable for payment. Suica cards can be used for purchases at participating stores and for train fare.

    Simply touch the card reader - no need to remove the card from the holder
    The purchase total will be displayed on the store register. These registers process payment after users simply touch the Suica card to the reader, just as one would pass through a ticket gate. For payment, there is no need to remove Suica cards from holders.
    Simply touch the card reader

    More participating stores expected
    Stores where Suica service is available display this logo [Suica logo]. After service begins, the card will be accepted by 196 shops at 64 stations, including Book Garden book stores, Good Times restaurants, and Gift Garden gift stores.
    Starting in the beginning of April, service will be phased in at more and more businesses, including Newdays convenience stores. Over 500 participating in-station stores are expected by summer.
    Planning is also underway to expand the service network to areas near stations.

    "In-station", just as the word indicates, refers to stores inside JR East stations. Each day, some 16 million people visit JR East stations. For their comfort and convenience, businesses of all kinds have been developed at stations, including stores, restaurants, and other businesses.

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This logo is displayed at participating businesses where Suica cards can be used for purchases.

Suica logo

Suica cards that can be used for shopping

Cards bearing the above Suica logo can be used for purchases.

Suica iO Card Suica Commuter Ticket
Suica iO Card Suica Commuter Ticket

* Purchases can also be made with Suica cards issued by Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.

View Suica Cards
View Suica Cards View Suica Cards

* The View Suica cards, S-Pal View Suica and TYO View Suica can also be used for purchases.

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