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The Fair Trade Commission searched the Japanese offices of 20th Century Fox on Thursday to probe whether it violated the Antimonopoly Law by blocking a promoter of “Star Wars Episode 2” from offering discount tickets for the science-fiction hit, industry sources said.

The Tokyo and Osaka offices of the U.S. movie distributor were searched on allegations that it asked the promoter last year not to offer discount tickets on Ladies’ Day screenings and credit-card purchases. The film’s distributors in Japan declined comment on the investigation.

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