Japan Watchdog Launches Probe on Shopping Websites

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Fair Trade Commission on Wednesday launched an investigation on major online shopping mall operators for any abuse of their advantageous positions over sellers using their platforms.

The commission will look into trade practices between the platform and seller sides through an online questionnaire survey of sellers on online malls. It also plans to hold hearings with both sides, if necessary.

Companies subject to the investigation include Amazon Japan G.K., a local unit of U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc., as well as Rakuten Inc. <4755> and Yahoo Japan Corp. <4689>.

The investigation is part of the Japanese antitrust watchdog's broader probe of global information technology giants including Google Inc., Amazon.com, Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc.

The watchdog is also conducting a survey of developers of apps for Google, Apple and other smartphones.

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