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Amazon Japan to build stable of 10,000+ independent couriers

E-commerce titan seeks metro-area drivers for same-day deliveries

Amazon will build its own team of couriers in Japan after a key shipper decided to withdraw from same-day delivery service.

TOKYO -- Amazon Japan aims to build a team of 10,000 independent couriers in the Tokyo region by 2020 to continue offering same-day delivery service without relying on major parcel delivery companies.

Private deliverers tend to subcontract with transport companies, and their work is often concentrated during heavy business periods such as the end of the year. Amazon's move could help sustain their work all year, as well as possibly help alleviate Japan's delivery driver shortage.

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