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With truckers scarce, Japanese companies try relaying shipments

TOKYO -- Retail group Aeon and health and beauty products maker Kao will take a new approach to ground shipping that the government promotes as a way to cope with Japan's worsening shortage of truck drivers.

The system works like a relay. Aeon trucks leaving greater Tokyo meet Kao trucks departing from the Nagoya area, about halfway between the two regions, in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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