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Japan's parcel deliveries hit new record in 2016

E-commerce boom kept up the pressure on overworked couriers

TOKYO -- Delivery companies moved some 3.86 billion packages in Japan last year, marking a record for a sixth straight year as internet shopping stretched delivery forces thin.

The rise of 6.4% on the year also represented the fastest pace in eight years, according to a report released Friday by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The government collects monthly data from 14 couriers that make deliveries by truck. The number of packages swelled by 940 million over a decade.

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