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Chinese sharing services in Japan stunted by stiff regulations

DiDi pulls back and Mobike pulls out as their business models slip overseas

Mobike began its service in places popular with foreign tourists in Japan, like this Sapporo location.

TOKYO -- China's biggest ride-hailing company, DiDi Chuxing, is struggling in Japan and has to cut back on operations after its high-profile entry in 2018 and subsequent expansion.

The problems of the Beijing-based company can be traced to barriers in Japan that are also affecting other Chinese sharing services.

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