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All applicants will get Suica cards marking 100th year of Tokyo Station, JR East says

Kyodo

East Japan Railway Co. said Monday it will print more Suica train fare cards commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station following an overwhelming response to initial sales over the weekend.

The announcement reverses an earlier decision to sell only a limited number of the cards after suspending sales amid chaotic scenes at Tokyo Station.

JR East had planned to sell 15,000 Suica cards on the station’s 100th anniversary last Saturday, with each buyer allowed to purchase up to three cards. But safety concerns caused JR East to close sales early, after lines of prospective buyers spilled onto a roadway.

More than 9,000 people had lined up before sales opened at 8 a.m. Saturday, with only 8,090 cards sold by the time JR East halted sales.

Many people were angered when sales were cut off, and some yelled at station staff.

JR East said it will announce the timing and methods for selling the new cards later.

More than 500 of the cards have been posted on Yahoo Japan Corp.’s auction website. One of them attracted a winning bid of ¥200,000.