Japan’s Line unveils to launch payments, cab hailing, food delivery services, and much more

Image from Line’s livecast

Japanese messaging app Line held an annual showcasing event called Line Conference Tokyo today, where they announced the launch of brand new services like payments, taxi calling, food delivery, indoor maps and more.

Line Pay, micro-payments solutions using the messaging app, will be provided in partnership with Japan’s Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. Line Taxi, the cab-hailing feature, will be provided in partnership with Nihon Kotsu which already has their own mobile app that allows users to hail a cab. Line Wow, the food delivery service, will be also provided in partnership with Korean startup Woowa Brothers but it’s delivery area is limited only to Shibuya, in central Tokyo.

In addition to these services, Line will launch a new app called ‘Line Maps for Indoor’ later this week, which allows users to check out updates from retailers in shopping malls such as Parco and Lumine.

To strengthen development of gaming apps, Line also announced that it has launched a joint venture with Japanese internet companies CyberAgent and GREE. Furthermore, as part of their initiative upon investing in Japanese game developers, which was announced a few months ago, Line announced that they have selected TransLimit, the startup behind globally-trending gaming app BrainWars, to help nurture at a faster rate and larger reach from now.