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As of last Sunday, ride-hailing services, which use personal vehicles to offer paid rides, had been used a total of 12,628 times in five areas.
May 11, 2024
In first month of operations, ride-hailing services used more than taxis in Tokyo
The services, which were launched in April, have been used more frequently than traditional taxis so far, a transport ministry report has shown.
Digital minister Taro Kono rides in a car driven by a private driver using a personal vehicle in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward on Monday.
Apr 8, 2024
Tokyo starts ride-hailing service — but it may not be what you expect
The apps Go, Uber, S.Ride and Didi can all be used to hail private drivers alongside taxis during specific times of the day.
Uber Japan demonstrates its ride-hailing app in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 7, 2024
Uber to launch ride-hailing services in Japan
The move is designed to cope with a shortage of taxi drivers in urban areas and tourist spots in the country.
Ride-sharing apps on a smartphone. Since Monday, users have technically been able to hail private vehicles through such apps, but only in specific areas and at certain times.
Apr 2, 2024
Japan has started private ride-hailing services. Here’s how they work.
Private drivers can only be called during times of high demand and in certain areas.
The transport ministry intends to partially allow ride-hailing business in some areas of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanagawa and Aichi prefectures from April amid shortages of taxi drivers.
Mar 14, 2024
Japan to allow private-driver ride-hailing services in four areas
Currently, ride-hailing apps such as Go and Uber only allow users in Japan to call registered taxis.
The local government in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Uber Japan concluded a comprehensive tie-up agreement on Tuesday that allows the ride-sharing service to operate in the city.
Mar 13, 2024
Ride-sharing starts in Ishikawa city before shinkansen extension
The service is now available at major tourist spots and residential areas between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and in the whole of the city from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
An unmanned robot navigates across a street during a demonstration of Uber Eats' robot delivery service in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Mar 6, 2024
Uber Eats Japan begins deliveries with self-driving robots
The company has rolled out the service in Tokyo's Nihonbashi area and plans to introduce it in other places as well.
Uber Japan has started discussions with partner taxi companies aiming to introduce ride-sharing services.
Jan 26, 2024
Uber Japan to launch limited ride-sharing services in April
Uber Japan's new services will only be available in areas and during times of the day deemed to face a shortage of taxis.
Ride-sharing apps (clockwise from bottom) Uber, Grab, Didi and Ola Cabs are seen on a smartphone display.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 20, 2023
Japan to partially lift ban on ride-hailing services from April
Drivers will be allowed to operate in specific areas at certain times under the guidance of taxi companies when there is a lack of rides available.
Transport ministry officials hand out fliers to arriving international visitors warning against using unlicensed taxis at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture in early November.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 18, 2023
Japan cracks down on illegal taxis as tourism boom drives demand
Japanese authorities are stepping up surveillance of unlicensed taxis at Narita Airport near Tokyo, as more tourists seek transport to the capital.
A poster for Uber displayed at a Tokyo subway station reads: "Meeting inbound demand together with Japan's taxis." It also notes that its service is used in 71 countries.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 26, 2023
Japan weighs allowing ride-hailing amid taxi industry opposition
The taxi industry is opposed to any change, arguing that allowing ride-hailing is just a temporary fix that will take jobs from taxi drivers.
Japan Times
May 30, 2023
When delivery costs more than the food you ordered
The big players are betting that we’re too addicted to the convenience of meals at our doors to walk away from their apps. They may be right.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2022
Tokyo recognizes Uber Eats workers' collective bargaining right
The move by Tokyo's Labor Relations Commission on Friday marked the first official judgment recognizing the right of so-called gig workers engaged in temporary jobs
Japan Times
Jul 26, 2022
Grub's deal with Amazon shows food delivery sector bracing for cost-of-living crunch
The loss-making food delivery industry was one of the big beneficiaries of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that effect has waned as consumers have started to cut back.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2022
Uber drivers to protest low pay and unsafe work after leaks
A leak has shown that Uber knowingly flouted laws, duped police and exploited violence against vulnerable drivers as it lobbied governments for access.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2021
Uber CEO aims for ‘fully green’ food-delivery business
Ahead of two weeks of climate talks between world leaders — known as COP26 — several transportation-focused technology firms called for sped-up sustainability targets.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2021
Uber Eats Japan halts hiring of foreign students for food delivery
The firm said checking foreign students' visa status every half year in person and confirming their attendance at schools 'requires a lot of human resources.'
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2021
Uber Japan referred to prosecutors over hiring of overstayers
An Uber spokesperson said the company was 'fully cooperating' and that the police investigation could lead to charges from prosecutors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 27, 2021
Toyota to buy self-driving division of U.S. ride-hailing firm Lyft
The purchase via Toyota unit Woven Planet Holdings Inc. aims to accelerate the auto giant's development of autonomous driving technologies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 15, 2021
From Harvard to Nasdaq listing: Grab CEO's ride to world's biggest SPAC deal
The CEO of Grab, a popular app to book taxis, order food and make payments in Southeast Asia, has always been determined to win — from making his firm the best-funded regional start-up to defeating behemoth Uber Technologies.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?