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Taxi-hailing push: China's Didi-SoftBank JV aims to make inroads into Japan

The move into Japan underscores a recent push by Didi to beef up its presence in markets outside China

Reuters  |  Shanghai/Tokyo 

China's Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Group Corp will roll out a venture in Japan later this year to provide ride-hailing services, amid a global battle to control the technology increasingly central to urban transport. The move into Japan underscores a recent push by Didi to beef up its presence in markets outside China, although it will face challenges to expand its services in a country where existing taxi companies are lobbying hard against deregulation. In Japan, ride-hailing companies face strict rules that effectively bar non-professional drivers from offering taxi ...

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:55 IST
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