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China ride-hailing giant Didi sets sights on Japan

On-demand taxi service may launch in the spring

Didi Chuxing's smartphone app processes over 21 million rides a day.

TOKYO -- Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing service, is partnering with Japanese taxi provider Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo to launch an app-based cab service in Tokyo as early as next spring.

Unlicensed private vehicles in Japan are generally prohibited from engaging in paid transportation, which is Didi's bread and butter. As a workaround, Didi is entering the Japanese market via taxicabs rather than private vehicles.

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