Antitrust watchdog in Japan searches Rakuten over free shipping policy
Topics: ANTITRUST WATCHDOG JAPAN RAKUTEN SHIP
The Japan Fair Trade Commissions last month launched an investigation on suspicion the e-commerce giant is breaching the antimonopoly law by abusing the company's dominant position against smaller online retailers that depend on its platform, the sources said.
The probe came after a group of around 450 merchants filed a petition to the commission in January claiming that Rakuten is forcing them to bear the costs of shipping for all orders exceeding 3,980 yen ($36) starting March 18. ■