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Two to Tango, please: Uber finally makes inroads in aging Japan

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David Gilmore

View photosMoreA woman walks on a street as a car R used for a sharing service supported by Uber drives past in Kyotango, Kyoto prefecture, Japan May 26, 2016.

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TANGO, Japan Reuters - Ride-hailing app Uber has finally cracked Japan - approved to offer its service in Tango, part of Kyotango city on the west coast, with a population of just 5,560 and abandoned by the local taxi firm eight years ago.

"Finally, we were able to make our very first step," said Masami Takahashi, president of Uber Japan Co. "This service can be a solution for Japan's aging society."

Uber hopes to roll out similar services in other depopulated areas in Japan.

One of those assets, 68-year-old Uber driver Yoshihiro Hatanaka, welcomed the flexibility of Uber's service.

"I love trekking, so I'll probably only drive when it's raining," he said.

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