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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review in Tokyo on Feb. 20. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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Uber turns over a new leaf in Asia

New CEO wants to move past scandals and friction with foreign governments to grow 'in harmony'

TOMOMI KIKUCHI and YUICHIRO KANEMATSU, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- On the morning of Feb. 21, Uber Technologies Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi appeared at the office of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

The head of the U.S.-based ride-hailing app operator was on a mission: to change Uber's image -- a scandal-filled, expansion-mongering startup -- into that of a friendly company that is in Japan to help the country's taxi industry.

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