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Japan's shippers lend tourists a hand with luggage

Sagawa Express now takes WeChat Pay for baggage service

Companies like Sagawa Express are stowing luggage or whisking it ahead to hotels for tourists visiting Japan.

TOKYO -- Japanese logistics companies are vying to take tourists' luggage off their hands with enhanced travel services geared for Asian and other visitors, offering features including mobile payment.

In November, Sagawa Express began accepting Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings' mobile wallet WeChat Pay at a baggage-free tourist service center in Shinjuku, downtown Tokyo. This convenience allows the app's more than 800 million users to pay via smartphone, thanks to an agreement between Tencent and a unit of Sagawa parent SG Holdings.

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