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Japan's couriers hope early deliveries can cut unneeded trips

Industry struggles to handle soaring demand amid labor shortage

Lohaco allows customers to ask for deliveries as early as 6 a.m.

TOKYO -- More courier services in Japan are making early-morning deliveries as they try to reduce the number of repeat trips they make to get packages to customers.

At 7:45 a.m., a driver pulls up to a house in the central city of Nagoya. He hands over a parcel from Amazon to a woman dressed in a business suit at the door and heads off for his next delivery. That day he manages to drop off four parcels by 8 a.m.

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