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Amazon seeks profitability in Japan as it exits China

Prime membership fee rise means e-commerce group's other growing markets could be next

Amazon has expanded into 16 countries around the world, with Japan its first Asian market in 2007, followed by rollouts in China, India and Singapore.

TOKYO -- U.S. e-commerce group Amazon.com raised the subscription fee for its Prime service in Japan for the first time in April, at the same time as it moves to shut its e-commerce marketplace in China.

Amazon's Japan subsidiary raised the annual and monthly membership fees for Prime as it shifts its focus from customer numbers to profitability. It is the first time that Tokyo-based Amazon Japan has lifted Prime membership fees since it launched the service in 2007.

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