The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.(西日本鉄道株式会社,Nishinippon Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?), also called Nishitetsu(西鉄?) or NNR, TYO: 9031 is one of Japan's "Big 16" private railroad companies. With headquarters in Fukuoka, it operates local and highway buses, supermarkets, real-estate and travel agencies, as well as railways in Fukuoka Prefecture. In addition, from 1950 to 1972, the company owned the Lions (in 1950, the Clippers), a Pacific Leaguebaseball team. The company introduced nimoca, a smart card ticketing system, in May 2008.