Uber is going to get some stiff competition in Japan thanks to the launch of the Line Taxi app. It comes from the Japanese messaging giant Line and will be made available nationwide. Working in partnership with Nihon Kotsu, one of Japan’s largest taxi companies, the Line Taxi app will also give British taxi app Hailo a run for its money.
Since both Uber and Hailo currently occupy only small sectors of Japan, the Line Taxi app is able to tap into a large market opportunity. The Verge reports, "TechInAsia adds that in its own comparison of Line Taxi and Uber, it was Line that offered 'better coverage and shorter wait times' for cars in central Tokyo." This is very promising.