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Today's topic is "Uber Taxi Service Comes to Tokyo"
Uber is now offering taxis in Tokyo after six years of being in Japan.
People in Tokyo could already use the company's food delivery service, Uber Eats, and taxis could be booked with the Uber app in some other Japanese cities, including Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima.
Until now, people looking for a ride with Uber in Tokyo could only use its "Uber Black" service, which offers rides in luxury black cars driven by professional drivers for a higher price than a taxi.
But Uber is now working with three normal taxi businesses in Tokyo: Hinomaru Limousine Co., Tokyo MK Corp. and Ecosystem. Together, they are making 600 cars available in some of the city’s busiest areas.
However, Uber's car sharing services are still banned, because only professional drivers are allowed to carry paying customers in Japan. This means that people cannot sign up to be drivers with their own cars as they do in the US and other countries.
TimeOut writes that Uber Taxi will make it easier for non-Japanese speakers to get taxis in Tokyo. It will also let people share information about their journey with friends and family so they can know when they will arrive.
Japan is the second-largest taxi market in the world, according to Bloomberg. But most people still get a taxi by flagging one down on the street, and apps are used for less than 5% of the rides.