Didi Chuxing is diversifying its business in Japan.
The Chinese ride-hailing giant is poised to officially launch a food delivery service in the East Asian country from early April, it told Caixin, as it accelerates efforts to expand its global footprint.
The SoftBank-backed firm will initially provide the service in the city of Osaka, where it began recruiting food delivery partners on Feb. 25, a company representative said, without giving further details about the new service. Didi launched similar food delivery services in Mexico last year.
The latest announcement comes three months after Didi launched “Didi Premium”, an upscale taxi-hailing service using luxury cars like Tesla, Lexus and Mercedes Benz, in Tokyo.
Since entering Japan in September 2018, Didi has worked with more than 500 taxi companies to offer ride-hailing services in more than 20 cities across the country.
Last week, the Chinese company announced plans to provide Didi Express and Didi Max services in Sydney from March, increasing the number of Australian cities where it operates to eight.
Didi also has presences in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
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