LINE to launch online shopping
NHK -- Aug 22
Japan-based social network giant LINE is launching a new service for online shopping.

LINE is a smartphone application that allows users to make free calls and text messages.

The app is wildly popular with 230-million users worldwide, including 47million in Japan.

LINE executives want to boost the number further by launching the online shopping business by autumn.

They are planning to open a virtual shopping mall that allows users to purchase goods with the app.

Source: NHK
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