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Amazon.com Inc.’s Japan unit said it will partially suspend a deal with a major book distributor next month in an apparent bid to challenge longtime industry distribution practices by asking more publishers to make their works available to the online retailer.

Amazon Japan K.K. notified major publishing companies in writing last Friday that it will stop asking Nippon Shuppan Hanbai Inc. at the end of June to secure relatively older books if they are out of stock at the time of order.

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