East Japan Railway Co. is deploying a smart card in November, the first time such a system has been used in Japan’s train system. The ‘Suica’ card will used at 424 stations on 26 train lines in the greater Tokyo area. Plans call for the system to expand to more than 450 stations by next March. The card will be available in two versions. One will be for used only as a prepaid ticket card, while the other will function as a prepaid ticket card and a commuter pass. Tokyo Monorail Co., which links Tokyo International Airport to Tokyo, will also introduce the same smart card system for all stations of its Haneda line by April 2002.