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Boat-hailing app tests waters in Japan's Mediterranean

New service designed to fill need for ferrying tourists and residents alike

Touring the many small islands in Japan's Seto Inland Sea could become more convenient for tourists using a boat-hailing app. (Photo courtesy of P.G. System)

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Residents and sightseers in the Seto Inland Sea will be able to hail boats by smartphone just like taxis using a new app being tested this summer.

Boat ride-hailing is hoped to fill a gap for residents hit by decreasing service from regular ferries, as well as to increase tourism in the scenic islet-filled waterway nestled between Japan's main island of Honshu and smaller Shikoku. It could also play a similar role in other areas of Japan with outlying islands struggling with population decline.

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