Japan has been criticised for not embracing the sharing economy, but it is drawing attention among venture capitalists, investors and tech start-ups as the new frontier market for other innovations.
While Airbnb last month had to scrap thousands of bookings that ran afoul of a new home-sharing law and Uber has struggled to gain a foothold in Japan for its ride-sharing business, other start-ups in technology development have made inroads into the world's third-largest economy.
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