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Rakuten offers voluntary measures to get off the hook in Japan antitrust probe into online mall

By Sachiko Sakamaki
  • 06 Dec 2021 05:18
  • 07 Dec 2021 00:21
The Japan Fair Trade Commission said today its antitrust investigation into Rakuten Group would end, once it confirms that the operator of Japan's largest online mall has implemented promises not to force third-party merchants to join a free-shipping plan, and not to disadvantage merchants who don't join the scheme.

In February last year,

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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.

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