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Japanese shippers vie to carry cross-border internet orders

Workers handle cargo at Nippon Express' logistics center at Narita Airport.

TOKYO -- Chinese consumers are on a shopping spree in Japan -- via the internet -- and the trend has Japanese logistics companies competing on speed and price.

In August, Nippon Express partnered with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding to get Japanese goods to China. Since the partnership was formed, Hiroshi Uchikoshi, a Nippon Express manager, has been busy pitching major retailers. Nippon Express, he tells them, can get stuff to China for 30% less than rival Japan Post's Express Mail Service.

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