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Common IC card ticket system for railways and buses around Kanto region

The technological limitation that the passengers should not have multiple contactless IC cards made this kind of decision much earlier than I expected. It is still unclear how they will cope with discounts in the way "Bus Common Card" (magnetic) have given to passengers, which I presume will be the same as in Hong Kong where different fares apply for passengers with Octopus Card. I hope the new card will practically eliminate the need for commuting tickets by effectively larger discounts, although unlikely...

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