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Japan's Line Pay throws down gauntlet to Alipay

Chat app operator aims to win Japanese over to cashless payment

"We are pushing through payment revolution," said Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa in an annual business strategy event in Urayasu, Chiba, on Thursday. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- Japanese chat app operator Line unveiled a new service Thursday aimed at spreading mobile payment across Japan, in the most potent challenge yet by a Japanese operator to the dominant Chinese mobile payment platform, Alipay.

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