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Taxis to accept digital money

Date Posted: 2006-07-28

Taxi riders will soon have a new means of paying their fare.

Okinawa’s largest taxi company will begin accepting digital money starting in August, allowing customers to use a card to pay for their travel. Okito Taxi officials say they’ll have the terminals in all their taxis by August 10th.

The digital fund system, known as Edy, is expanding rapidly across Japan. Convenience stores have embraced the new technology, as have restaurants and grocery stores. Cellular phone companies are using the service, and Edy is also linked to All Nippon Airways for purchasing tickets.

Okito Taxi is the third taxi company in Japan to sign on for Edy service. Officials say they grabbed the digital payment system as a way of breaking a dead heat in local taxi competition. He says “with so many rival companies in Okinawa, we had to make a difference in service from other companies.”

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