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The Fair Trade Commission is investigating Seven-Eleven Japan Co. for allegedly restricting franchise stores from discounting sales of boxed lunches and other food products close to their expiry dates, the company’s owner said Friday.

It is the first time the antimonopoly watchdog has opened a full investigation into “member-store bullying” by the headquarters of a major convenience store chain since it announced new guidelines on the franchise system in 2002.

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