TOKYO – Uber Technologies introduced a ride-hailing smartphone application in Tokyo on Friday in collaboration with three domestic taxi companies, even as its famous ride-sharing service in Japan is blocked by strict regulation.
The taxi-hailing service, which has already been launched in smaller cities, links app users to taxis operated by Hinomaru Limousine, Tokyo MK Corp, and the Japanese capital’s Ecosystem.
Uber is not authorized to operate his own ride-sharing service in Japan like it does in the U.S. and elsewhere because local laws forbid non-professional drivers from ferrying paying clients.
Eager to create a customer base in the third-biggest economy in the world, Uber has focused on expanding its Uber Eats food delivery service, which has proved successful, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Didi Mobility Japan, a joint venture between China’s Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Corp, has also launched a service to connect clients with taxis in Japan.
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