Amazon's Japan office reportedly raided

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Amazon's business in Japan is under the microscope, reports suggest (Source: Getty)

The offices of Amazon in Japan were raided by authorities, according to local media.

Officials from the Fair Trade Commission, the country's competition watchdog, were probing the retail giant's offices on suspicions that it unfairly forced sellers to favour its own platform over rival ones, according to Nikkei.

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Amazon Japan did not comment on the report while a spokesperson for the Fair Trade Commission did not confirm the report, but said to Reuters: "I won't say the contents are incorrect.

Separately, Amazon is under investigation by the anti-trust watchdog in Europe over the arrangements it makes with publishers for distributing e-books.