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Taxi app battle intensifies despite Japan's ban on ride sharing

NTT Docomo follows SoftBank-Didi with $20m investment in JapanTaxi

Japan has proved a tough market for ride-hailing apps like Uber as taxi companies dominate.

TOKYO -- Competition surrounding taxi apps in Japan is intensifying, despite the country being one of the world's only developed markets where ride sharing remains illegal.

Entering the taxi operator market is virtually impossible, but this has not stopped major technology companies from investing to secure a footprint in a highly regulated industry.

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