The raid was in pursuance of Amazon Japan’s suspected pressure tactics for boosting its online sales.
In what can be considered as an indicator of trouble brewing in Amazon Japan, Japanese business daily, Nikkei has reported that the country’s Fair Trade Commission has raided the offices of Amazon Japan for pressuring retailers to offer products in more favourable conditions that its rivals.
The Nikkei did not disclose the time and the location of the raid.
The Nikkei has reported citing sources with knowledge of the matter that Amazon Japan is suspected of imposing conditions including ones which force retailers to sell at lower prices if they were advertising at the rival’s site.
According to a spokesman from the Fair Trade Commission “I won’t say the contents are incorrect.” He has also not confirmed the report.
When requested to respond to comments, a spokeswoman for Amazon Japan declined comment.