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Japan presses e-tailers to explain search algorithms to fight bias

Watchdog eyes law forcing Amazon and Rakuten to divulge product ranking methods

Japan is seeking e-tailers to disclose more about how they rank products on their platforms.

TOKYO -- E-commerce platforms such as and Rakuten should disclose more about their search algorithms to ensure that all vendors are treated fairly, Japan's Fair Trade Commission said in a report issued Thursday.

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