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Didi Chuxing moves into Kyoto and Tokyo

SoftBank-backed taxi-hailing service to compete with rivals in tourist hot spots

Didi is backed by SoftBank Group, which is also the biggest shareholder in U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- Didi Chuxing on Wednesday said it launched taxi-hailing service in Kyoto and Tokyo, expanding its presence in Japan's most popular tourist destinations.

DiDi Mobility Japan, a joint venture between Didi and Japan's SoftBank Corp., entered the Japanese market last August with the start of service in Osaka. The company said the number of taxi operators on the platform has tripled since it opened for business, and that the addition of the two cities will enable it to cover nearly half Japan's population, as well as a big slice of the country's foreign tourists.

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