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Amazon Japan raises delivery fees by up to 50%

Rising costs and labor shortage may prompt other online retailers to follow suit

U.S. online retailer Amazon is rapidly expanding its presence in Japan's internet shopping market.

TOKYO -- Amazon Japan on Wednesday said it has raised delivery charges for inexpensive orders by up to 50%, a move intended to share some of the burden of rising shipping costs with consumers. This is the first time in two years Amazon has raised its delivery charges in Japan.

The U.S. online retailer has been rapidly expanding its presence in Japan's internet shopping market. But it has also been criticized for helping to exacerbate manpower shortages among the country's delivery operators, including Yamato Transport.

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