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Japan's logistics companies want more drivers for Christmas

Charter rates rise to meet December's holiday demand

Fukuyama Transporting lets truckers focus on driving, while warehouse staff handle loading and unloading.

TOKYO -- The arrival of the holiday season has left shipping companies in Japan desperate to secure enough truckers for hauling the heavier volume of goods.

The greater demand for food and seasonal products makes December the busiest month for the logistics industry, yet small and midsize players may have vehicles sitting idle due to driver shortfalls. Companies once made teamsters undertake long hauls without a break during peak season, but those days are gone.

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