ID WORLD International Congress: Akihiro Nakahata

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Akihiro Nakahata

Deputy Director – Japan Railways Group

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Mr. Nakahata works for Japan Railways Group Paris office and has been in charge of passenger services and marketing since 2010. He has given many presentations about smart cards, barrier-free and railway safety on behalf of Japan Railways Group at various international railway conferences. He has 10 years experience in corporate finance in the finanancial department of West Japan Railway Company and has contributed to the maintenance of high credit ratings at the company. Furthermore, he led the project to introduce SAP R/3, which won the project award by SAP Japan.


In Japan, smart cards are widely used in public transportation. Suica, introduced by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in 2001, and other cards issued by other JR (Japan Railways) companies such as JR West are one of the most successful smart cards in terms of number of cards issued as well as number of transactions.

More than 60 million smart cards have been issued by public transportation companies. Thus far the strategy of smart card at JR Group has been to:

• expand available tools such as mobile phones

• expand geographically from Tokyo to other major urban areas

• transition from conventional lines to high speed lines

• expand categories of business for customers to use smart cards

Through this strategy, JR group has succeeded in attracting and retaining customers. Smart cards issued by JR Group has become an essential part of the infrastructure in Japan and people use JR Group’s smart cards in their daily lives.

Mr. Nakahata will present the success story of JR Group’s strategy, as well as dicuss his future vision of the smart card, in particular focusing on Suica of JR East.



Speaking on November 4

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