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Japan's Line and Mercari form mobile payment partnership

Chat app operator, e-retailer aim for scale to survive intense competition

LINE and Mercari aim to become the dominant cashless payment platform in Japan. (Photo by Yoichiro Hiroi)

TOKYO -- Chat app operator Line and online secondhand marketplace Mercari have joined forces, the two companies said Wednesday, in the latest twist in the battle for dominance in Japan's cashless payment service.

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