JR Central announced that an English language version of the smartEX Shinkansen e-ticket service will launch October 30 along with the smartEX app. This comes exactly one month after the launch of the Japanese service.
The app looks like a localized version of the current Japanese EX App. This is a welcome development but I sincerely hope the smartEX registration rough spots have been smoothed over and simplified (note that the app preview does not show the registration). Otherwise there will be some very frustrated foreigners.
The great thing is that iPhone 8 and iPhone X users from abroad can easily add Suica to Apple Pay and use it with smartEX for paperless e-ticket travel on the Tokaido Shinkansen. All on your iPhone. Have fun.