Q26How do Edy and Suica cards work?

A26Electronic money is accumulated as information on smart cards equipped with IC chips. Once a transaction has been rung up on a shop's cash register, the card is held over a reading device and the transaction is completed. As the cards are prepaid, it is necessary to recharge them with money, which can be done using cash at station ticket-vending machines in the case of Suica cards, and at convenience stores for Edy cards.