Chinese on-demand taxi service Didi Chuxing, is said to be partnering with Japanese ride-hailing service provider Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo and may be launching an app-based taxi service in Tokyo in the spring.
As unlicensed private vehicles are generally prohibited from engaging in paid transportation in Japan, Didi intends on entering the Japanese market via taxicabs rather than private vehicles.
Didi plans to register about 500 of Daiichi Koutsu's 8,700 taxi vehicles in its proprietary app by its rollout in Japan, with the number eventually rising to a few thousand. Didi will expand the service nationally by collaborating with other Japanese taxi companies.
Didi and Daiichi Koutsu are currently working out fares, operating procedures and other details. Daiichi Koutsu in turn seeks to leverage the tie-up to attract more Chinese tourists.
Didi is the world's largest ride-hailing facilitator, clocking in at over 21 million rides a day among its approximately 440 million registered users.
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