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Uber launches cab-hailing service in Osaka

US company to expand taxi business to Tokyo by year's end

Uber Technologies, which is barred from offering peer-to-peer ride-hailing services in Japan, works with local taxi operators like Fuji Taxi Group, based in the central city of Nagoya.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Uber Technologies on Wednesday rolled out a cab-hailing service in Osaka with a smartphone application that connects passengers to a local taxi company.

Since it launched full-scale taxi-hailing operations in Japan last year, the U.S. ride-hailing service has been expanding; it is planning to begin operating in Tokyo later this year.

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