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Japanese retailers and IT companies ally against Amazon

Aeon, SoftBank and Yahoo Japan seek synergies between the physical and digital

Aeon recently opened a virtually unstaffed convenience store for employees at its Chiba Prefecture office.

TOKYO -- The expansion of Amazon.com into physical stores is driving partnerships between Japanese retailers and information technology companies looking to withstand the American e-commerce company's growing might in both online and bricks-and-mortar realms.

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