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Rakuten off the hook from court interim order as JFTC withdraws request

By Sachiko Sakamaki and Toko Sekiguchi
  • 10 Mar 2020 03:47
  • 10 Mar 2020 23:24

A petition to force Japan’s online shopping mall Rakuten to suspend its free shipping plan was withdrawn by the Japan Fair Trade Commission today, in a surprise reversal of the regulator’s confrontational approach against the country’s largest e-commerce operator.
The Japan Fair Trade Commission will nevertheless continue its investigation into

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Sachiko Sakamaki

Senior Correspondent, Tokyo

Sachiko covers antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, as well as patent disputes related to connected cars. She has an undergraduate degree from Waseda University in Tokyo and a master's degree in communications from United States International (now Alliant International) University in California. She previously worked as a journalist for Time magazine, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Bloomberg News, and the Washington Post in Japan.

Toko Sekiguchi

Senior Correspondent, Tokyo

Toko is a senior correspondent in Tokyo covering antitrust, anti-bribery & corruption, financial services and regulatory issues in Japan. Before joining MLex, she has worked as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones News, Bloomberg News and Time Magazine.

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