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DiDi and SoftBank Joint Venture to offer Taxi-Hailing Service in Japan

Didi Chuxing has announced the official launch DiDi Mobility Japan Corp. (“DiDi Japan”), a joint-venture with SoftBank, to offer on-demand taxi-hailing services and smart transportation solutions for citizens and tourists in the world’s third-largest economy.

Japan is the world’s third largest taxi market. With advanced mobile internet infrastructure and a global reputation for high-quality taxi service, Japan holds great potential as a market for online taxi-hailing. There is earnest demand for more convenient urban and regional transportation services, especially in light of the growing population of senior citizens.

DiDi aims to roll out its ride-matching app for riders, drivers and taxi operators in Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Tokyo and other major cities starting from autumn this year. At the same time, new customized roaming features will be added to the DiDi Greater China app, including real-time in-app Chinese-Japanese instant message translation and local Chinese language customer support. Current DiDi users in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will be able to use their DiDi Greater China app to hail taxis in their native language in Japan.

DiDi is one of the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, serving over 550 million users across over 10 verticals from taxi-hailing, private car-hailing, to bike-sharing and food delivery. It is also the world’s largest on-demand taxi-dispatcher, connecting over 200 million taxi drivers. The company has built a partnership network with seven global peers, including Grab, Lyft, Ola, Uber, 99, Careem and Taxify, reaching 80% of the world’s population.

In an important step for DiDi’s global operations, with the launch of the DiDi Japan apps, users of the DiDi Global app will be able to enjoy roaming service among DiDi’s overseas markets, including Japan, Australia, and Mexico.

Source: Press Release

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