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Uber Ends Japan Pilot Ride-Sharing as Ministry Calls Halt

Uber Technologies Inc., whose taxi-hailing app faces regulatory challenges globally, shut down a ride-sharing trial in southwestern Japan after the government called it illegal.

Uber yesterday halted operation of Everyone’s Uber, a program that let users in Fukuoka city share rides, Evelyn Tay, a Singapore-based spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mailed statement today. Uber will consult the Transport Ministry on ways to structure the program to meet official requirements, she said.