China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched a service to help Japanese manufacturers crack into the fast-growing Chinese market, the group’s Japanese unit said on Tuesday. Tokyo-based Japan Co. said the new service, which uses China’s largest retail website, Taobao, can help Japanese consumer goods makers cut through red tape and save time and money. “High-quality Japanese products are popular on the Taobao site, so we have been receiving requests from users to directly buy the products from Japanese firms,” Taobao CEO Jonathan Lu said in a statement.