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Japan Post has begun delivering refrigerated parcels overseas through an exclusive deal with Japan Airlines, but the future of the tie-up remains murky due to JAL’s limited cargo services and intensifying competition with rival delivery firms.

Japan Post Co., the postal service arm of government-owned Japan Post Holdings Co., started shipping refrigerated parcels to Taiwan and Singapore in April and to Hong Kong in October on a trial basis. The service started from shipping centers in Tokyo, Hokkaido and Kanagawa Prefecture, and will start next month from Osaka Prefecture and Kyushu.

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