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Bike-sharing boom in Japan a prelude to online payment war?

Tech companies seen copying Chinese model of using two-wheelers to market e-pay

Bicycles from Mobike Japan await riders. The company launched a bike-sharing service in Sapporo, Hokkaido in 2017.

TOKYO -- Bike-sharing via smartphone apps is on a roll in Japan, with flea market app Mercari and messaging app Line having entered the market in the last six months and Yahoo Japan set to follow suit soon.

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