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With IPO, Mercari makes US its top overseas priority

Japanese unicorn intends to take its flea market app global

 Mercari eyed the global marketplace from the beginning, and is banking on the IPO to fuel success overseas. (Photo by Manami Yamada)

TOKYO -- Flea market app Mercari, one of Japan's few unicorns, will go public on June 19, chasing the elusive dream of overseas success shared by other tech companies in the country.

Mercari lets users buy and sell secondhand items anonymously online, and has become a huge hit since its release in 2013.

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