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Japan to probe tech giants

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Japan's anti-trust authorities are to investigate whether tech giants like Google and Amazon are using their dominance to block competition.

"We will be closely watching them to see if they are preventing innovations by Japanese companies," head of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Kazuyuki Sugimoto, said.

The investigation will look at whether "new entries into the market are blocked because of customer data hoarding or if the dominant companies are forcing their business partners to cut prices".